Montana firefighters help young boy fight leukemia

Posted at 1:00 PM, Mar 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-21 14:36:07-04

HELENA – Helena firefighters are no strangers to going a step above for someone in need and they got the chance to meet one of the lives they are helping.

Every year the department participates in the ‘Leukemia and Lymphoma Firefighter Stair Climb‘ in Seattle – raising over $5,000 as a team for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society this year.

But in addition to raising money for the national organization, the firefighters collected separate donations to help Helena’s Easton Ducarme in his fight with leukemia.

The firefighters gave him a check for $500 to aid with treatment and an inside tour of the fire department.

It was a big treat for the little guy.

“We keep him pretty close to home,” said Easton’s mom Erin. “Between the hospitals and home, so to be able to come out and see the big guys, the firefighters, to see it all. It’s pretty great for him at this time.”

Firefighter Brad Patterson said it means a lot to put a face to the work they do as well as the fundraising.

“I know that helps me and I know for next year, training, just to put a face to the hard work that we’re doing and trying to make this better for somebody local and support somebody in our Helena community,” he said.

-Andrew Curtis reporting for MTN News