They’re trained to run into burning buildings and save lives, but Minnesota firefighters are facing a silent danger long after the flames are out. Studies show more than half of all line-of-duty deaths in firefighting are now caused by cancer. It’s a diagnosis Minnesota firefighters know all too well.
For the thousands of people diagnosed every year with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia or lymphoma, there is a cure. It lives inside of each and every one of us, and the only way to save a life is by donating marrow.
Every four minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer. It can take just 15 minutes to find out if you can save their life. On Tuesday, the University of Minnesota Gopher football team helped recruit students for the Be The Match drive.
Connor Cosgrove, 22, is getting his last chemotherapy treatment Friday. Teri Cannon, executive director of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, says it’s a day of celebration at the Amplatz Children’s Hospital. “It’s really exciting for us when any patient can be declared in complete remission,” Cannon said. She says there are a lot people who don’t know about this kind of cancer, or the fact that there are more than 150 types of blood cancer.