EDGEMONT, N.Y. — Fighting fires isn't enough for members of the Greenville Fire District, who plan to take on an even bigger battle this March: cancer.
About half a dozen Greenville firefighters will join hundreds of others for a nationwide relay cycling event called Cycle for Survival to raise money for cancer research. Greenville firefighter Stuart Evans has led a team in the event for the past three years to help his friend Jennifer Linn, who co-founded the event with her husband, Dave, in 2007.
Now, Evans will cycle in memory of Jennifer Linn, who passed away two years ago in her battle with soft-tissue sarcoma, a rare type of cancer.
"It's truly inspiring — you meet a lot of people and hear a lot of individual stories about who the participants are riding for," Evans said about the annual fundraiser.
While several locations are held throughout the country, Evans and his team — they call themselves the GFD Fireboys — will participate in the Manhattan indoor cycling relay. The Fireboys are looking to beat their donations last year, when they raised $2,000, all of which was donated to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to support research on rare cancers like Linn's.
The Fireboys have already begun training for the event on their own, taking turns on the firehouse's spinning machine to build up for the fundraiser, Evans said.
He added that it's never difficult to get members of the Greenville Fire District to participate or donate to the event, especially because everyone wants to support a remedy for the disease that has hit nearly everyone close to home.
"There are not many people nowadays that haven't been affected by cancer some way or another," he said. "People know their money is making a difference."
To support the GFD Fireboys and donate to the MSK Cancer Center, visit the team's website .