Three years ago, members of the Five Mile Beach Volunteer Firemen’s Association (FMBVFA), host of the annual New Jersey State Firemen’s Convention, teamed up to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Its purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.

To date, FMBVFA has raised about $21,000 toward the ground-breaking research and lifesaving treatment offered to children like Calvin (pictured, left). In fact, St. Jude patients come from all 50 states and beyond through physician referral. They are some of the world’s sickest children, whose parents turn to St. Jude to give their children the greatest opportunity at survival.

Since opening in 1962, treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent. Because of the community’s generous support and organizations like FMBVFA, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all they should worry about is helping their child live.

Although gathering at the annual convention will not be possible this year, FMBVFA remains committed to supporting St. Jude families — no matter what else they are facing. The goal is to recruit every New Jersey fire station to support St. Jude.

Visit njfirefightersforacure.com to form a team and host a community fundraiser to raise awareness and support for St. Jude by Thursday, December 31, 2020. Fundraising ideas may include a car wash, online raffle or silent auction … get creative! Check out stjude.org/yourway for more ideas. Then, use social media to promote the effort and inspire community participation.

St. Jude freely shares the research discoveries it makes, so every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

In moments that separate us, let’s unite as one. Because together, nothing is impossible.

– Fire News photo courtesy St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital