A firefighter with the Tulsa Fire Department, Mark Meyer, isn’t afraid of flames or burning buildings.
He and fellow firefighters at Station 31 in Tulsa are put in perilous situations regularly. Since March, however, Meyer has been facing a more personal battle.
“Fighting cancer is like running a race with no finish line,” said Meyer.
In March 2012, a routine physical at the fire department revealed that Meyer had a mass in his abdomen. Following numerous hospital visits and biopsies Meyer was diagnosed with sarcoma.
Meyer tells FOX23 he had a 32 pound tumor surgically removed from his abdomen in December. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy, but the treatment didn’t take his fire away.
“Cancer has kind of taken me off of the truck right now but I didn’t want to let is completely control my life and keep me from helping someone,” said Meyer.
Meyer says that the diagnosis opened his eyes to all of the children who are battling cancer in Green Country.
“I saw a bunch of little kids with cotton balls taped to their arms, who are going through tests and treatments, they’ve lost their hair,” said Meyer, “I knew that affected their childhood.”
Meyer created an organization called ‘Hydrants of Hope’ to raise funds to benefit children battling cancer. Lapel pins, bracelets and tee-shirts are sold on-line and the proceeds are then donated.
Lapel pins cost $5 dollars and bracelets cost $3 dollars.
Meyer says that, so far, Hydrants of Hope has been a success.
“We’ve donated $13,000 dollars,” said Meyer.
Meyer says that cancer won’t stop him from giving back.
“You just kind of keep on running and with all of the love and support I’ve had from family and friends, one day I’m going to figure out how to win that race,” said Meyer, “One day with Hydrants of Hope we are going to help a lot of kids win that race also.”
For more information on how to donate visit http://hydrantsofhope.com/