Colorado firefighter inspires change for colleagues battling breast cancer

  • Source: KUSA-TV NBC 9 Denver
  • Published: 03/02/2021 12:00 AM

VIDEO: All Colorado firefighters who are diagnosed with breast cancer will now receive benefits from the Colorado Firefighter Heart and Cancer Benefits (CFHCB) Trust, thanks to a Westminster fire lieutenant who appealed the denial of her claim. “I needed to find the thing that will show them that breast cancer is a firefighter’s disease,” Lt. Tracy Post told 9NEWS. “As exhausted as I was, I knew if I didn’t do it, somebody else was going to have to. I was just frustrated enough at the situation that I was like, well, I’m going to find a way to make this happen.” Post was diagnosed with stage two invasive ductal carcinoma in 2019; a type of breast cancer that forms in the milk duct of a breast and can invade into the surrounding breast tissue. It is also a type of cancer that is not covered for firefighter benefits in Colorado. “Quite often we do not know what we do not know,” Westminster Fire Chief Doug Hall told us.


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