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Oct 20, 2011 5:15 PM

Retired firefighters donate $10k to UA cancer research

TUCSON - A $10,000 donation was made today to the Arizona Cancer Center by The Retired Professional Fire Fighters Cancer Fund, a group dedicated to funding research for cancers that have a higher than normal incidence among firefighters.

Green Valley Fire District Members Chuck Wunder and Harry Smith, along with other representatives from the Tucson Fire Department, presented the check to the Cancer center's lymphoma research program, marking the first donation from the organization to a cancer research facility in a western state, according to a news release from the group.

"We've been impressed with this organization's work with cancer centers on the east coast, and it's our mission at the Green Valley Fire District to bring this program to Southern Arizona and throughout the western United States," Smith said.

"A disproportionate number of firefighters end up battling cancer at some point in their lives," said Wunder, a testicular cancer survivor.

UA Cancer Center physician and researcher Dr. Thomas Miller accepted the check on behalf of the Cancer Center's Lymphoma Program.

For more information on the Retired Professional Fire Fighters Cancer Fund, visit:

www.letsfirecancer.org

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