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November 18, 2011
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Firefighters contribute 15,000 to cancer research

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—The Upstate Cancer Center fundraising campaign now stands at $10,654,000 thanks to a $15,000 contribution by the Retired Professional Firefighters Cancer Fund.

In addition to raising money for the construction of the Upstate Cancer Center, the fundraising campaign also supports cancer research at Upstate. The firefighters cancer fund will benefit three cancer research related endowments: Michael E. Connolly Endowment for Lung Cancer Research, the Carol Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund and the Upstate Cancer Research Institute Fund.

“Everyone will benefit from the work that we do because cancer research effects anyone that is involved with cancer or who will contract cancer,” said William Newland, President of the Retired Professional Firefighters Cancer Fund.

Richard Kilburg, associate administrator for the Upstate Cancer Center, thanked the firefighters for their support. “We’re delighted with this significant contribution from the retired firefighters,” he said. “Their contribution will support numerous research programs at Upstate aimed a eradicating cancer.”

The Retired Professional Firefighters Cancer Fund, started in 2006 by retired Binghamton firefighter William H. Newland, raises money exclusively for cancer research. Funds raised by the charitable organization support research for specific cancers where firefighters have a higher incidence when compared to the general population.

The Retired Professional Firefighters Cancer Fund has benefited cancer research at Sloane Kettering and the University of Arizona Cancer Center. This is the first donation the group has made to Upstate.

Firefighters presented the check to Upstate officials Nov. 17 at the Syracuse Fire Station #1.

Upstate is seeking to raise $15 million for the Upstate Cancer Center campaign.

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