Florida fire rescue sharing stories of firefighters who have battled cancer

  • Source: WPTV NBC 5 West Palm Beach
  • Published: 11/06/2020 12:00 AM

A Delray Beach firefighter is sharing his story of survival from cancer in an emotional post on Facebook. Throughout November, the agency is telling stories about firefighters who have battled cancer. They said it part of an effort to increase awareness of the disease and the importance of prevention for everyone. Firefighter Robert Pastor, now 36, was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 after an ultrasound technician noticed a small nodule on his neck. "The minute you are told you have cancer, the first thought in your head is 'I'm going to die.' You think the worst," Pastor said in the Facebook post on the Delray Beach Fire Rescue Facebook page. "I'm like, 'I'm married. I have two kids. I am going to die. Who will take care of my kids?" he said. It was an emotional battle for Pastor, but he said his wife's strength helped him through the process. "Not once did my wife ever show she was scared," he said. "Honestly, she was my rock."


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