This year, I am running the Falmouth Road Race in memory of my dad, Eddie Riley, to raise funds for the Last Call Foundation (LCF).
As you may know, my dad spent his entire career as a proud Boston Firefighter. It was a job he loved. Sadly, in November of 2016 he was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of bladder cancer. Although it was just 8 weeks from time of diagnosis to his passing, he suffered tremendously during that time. He sadly lost his battle on January 9, 2017.
The doctors informed us that they were convinced that this cancer was the direct result of the toxic exposure that he experienced during his career fighting fires.
Upon his death, we came across some albums he put together of he and his fellow firefighters at fires. In looking at these pictures, we realized that they barely had any protective gear on, a helmet, coat and boots, that was it! It was amazing to us.
The Last Call Foundation was founded by the mother of fallen Boston firefighter Michael Kennedy. You may recall he and his colleague Lt. Edward Walsh lost their lives in a fire in Boston's Back Bay in 2014.
The LCF mission is to provide funding, education and research to advance the safety needs of the Boston firefighting community. They are committed to enhancing the ability of our dedicated firefighting professionals to effectively and safely fight fires and protect the public.
In learning more about LCF, I am impressed with the range of life saving inititatives for firefighter health and safety they support. I am particularly thankful for their work and support on cancer awareness and protection.
When I learned about LCF I realized that this was a cause that I wanted to get behind.
I hope you will consider donating in memory of my dear dad. I have set my goal at $2,500 but hope to exceed this amount.
Thank you for your consideration of this request to honor my dad's service and memory and to support our Boston firefighting community.
Please visit the LCF website to learn more about the great work they are doing: www.lastcallfoundation.org