For 89 years, the members of Claymont Fire Company have been serving the public. For the last 16 of those years, Firefighter Brad Scott has been volunteering his time, giving up time away from his wife and family to assist those in their time of need. Now our brother needs YOUR help. We ask everyone to go to www.youcaring.com/bradscottwifeandthreegirls-808653 and help Brad and family as they push through some rough times. Help us get the word out! Brad has always been there for strangers in their time of need, won’t YOU answer the call to help him and his family? The officers and members of Claymont Fire Company thank you in advance for your help!
Recently, our brother Brad Scott better known as ‘Boobah’ was diagnosed with colon/rectal cancer. Brad is currently assigned as the engine driver for Station 7-C shift. Brad’s wife Charlene and his three daughters Alyssa, Brennah and Laini have been right by his side in the fight. Please see the following from his wife Charlene:
“When Brad turned 40 he decided that he needed to make some lifestyle changes; eat healthier, stop smoking, exercise, and to make the most out of every day. Fast forward six months and he’s smoke free! But, Brad started to have some stomach issues. After seeing his doctor a CAT scan was ordered. Within an hour of the scan our lives took a dramatic and unexpected turn.
After multiple tests, biopsies, and specialists Brad was diagnosed with stage 4 colon rectal cancer with METS to his liver and lungs. At that moment our entire world stopped. We were speechless and dumbfounded. Things like this don’t happen to an otherwise healthy 40-year old. Trying to explain to our children that their father had cancer was the single most difficult thing we’ve ever done in our lives. Over the past three weeks we have experienced every emotion that you can have while trying to keep things as normal as possible for our children.
Brad is an honest person and wanted honest answers from his doctor. When the doctor explained the expected prognosis for his type of cancer our breath was taken away and fear crept back in. With the help of friends, we were able to seek a second opinion from a doctor and an appointment with the National Institute of Health in Bethesda Maryland. Knowing what we know now, Brad is not a statistic, a piece of medical records, and he’s not a number; he’s a fighter. All of the doctors agreed that the treatment presented to us is the best course of action for him. Bring on the chemotherapy! Positivity, prayers, optimism, and the support of family and great friends help to make this new “normal” for our family a little more bearable.
We truly appreciate all of the support that we have received. At a time like this it is unbelievable how everyone has rallied to make sure that Brad, me and the kids are okay. We both couldn’t be more thankful for the men and women with whom he works. They are continually thinking about two steps ahead of us and supporting Brad in every way possible.
One day at a time and a house full of positivity is how we are going to get through this. It is a club that no one ever wants to join. But with faith, family and friends — who are now family — we will get through this.”
– Submitted by Gary Plotts