New state budget approval gives North Carolina firefighters help with cancer care

  • Source: WCNC-TV NBC 36 Charlotte
  • Published: 12/01/2021 12:00 AM

Millions of financial support for North Carolina firefighters fighting cancers will be available at the start of 2022 as part of the newly approved state budget. Studies show firefighters are 9% more likely to get cancer compared to everyone else, and 14% more likely to die from cancer. With the use of $15 million, the goal is to save firefighters' lives by helping to cover the cost of the cancer treatments that are necessary. Families could expect a $25,000 lump-sum payment for each diagnosis, along with $12,000 for out-of-pocket medical expenses, and 75% of a firefighter's pay for disability if they are too sick to work. "We deserve it, we deserve to have something to help us," Drowning Creek volunteer firefighter Melissa Stevenson said.


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