Local fire department sends gear to New York teen battling cancer
WEST RICHLAND, Wash. — A New York teen is getting clothes from a local fire department as part of his wish to represent firefighters from around the country while he battles cancer.
Timmy Richardson was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this month and is now undergoing treatment at a hospital in Buffalo.
Timmy comes from a family of firefighters, and he has grown up with plans to become a firefighter his whole life. Since his diagnosis, he and his family have been asking fire departments around the country to send him T-shirts so that he can represent a different department every day that he’s in the hospital.
Firefighters from Benton County Fire District #4 heard about Timmy’s situation and decided to get involved.
Earlier this week, the sent him a hat, T-shirt, challenge coin and a card signed by the whole crew.
“At District 4 and other departments, it’s like a big family,” said fire paramedic Matthew Borschowa. “We take care of each other, we look out for each other, we look out for each other’s spouses, children.”
Since posting his request on Facebook, Richardson has been flooded with T-shirt deliveries and visits from firefighters. He will stay at the hospital for the next month while receiving chemotherapy, and his battle with leukemia is expected to last for the next two years.
Any departments interested in supporting Timmy are asked to send care packages to the following address:
U-Crest Fire Department
255 Clover Place
Cheektowaga, NY 14225
To learn more about Timmy’s story, visit the Timmy’s Battle Facebook page.