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Fire district trucks surprise local student battling cancer

February 6, 2020
By MELISSA BILL (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Lehigh Acres Citizen

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser for a G. Weaver Hipps Elementary School third grader got started with a special visit from the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District -- and the appropriately garbed Pink Heels.

The fire district, which brought its trucks to the fundraiser for Sebastian, also coordinated the visit by the organization that encourages firefighters and other first responders to volunteer their time for the men, women and children fighting cancer within their community.

Sebastian and his family were surprised as an entourage of fire trucks, engines and the Pink Heels, which rolled up into the driveway of G. Weaver Hipps, with some fire personnel adorned in their best pink gear.

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Sebastian and his family were surprised as an entourage of fire trucks, engines and the Pink Heels, which rolled up into the driveway of G. Weaver Hipps, with some fire personnel adorned in their best pink gear.

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According to Katie Heck, Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District spokesperson, the staff from the school invited members of the fire district to attend the dinner but they wanted to do more.

"We wanted to do something that would lift his spirits and boost the morale of his fellow students. To that end, we coordinated both the Pink Heals trucks and our trucks and firefighters to attend during the evening to show support for Sebastian and his family," Heck said.

G. Weaver Hipps secretary to the principal, Annette Puckett, stated that Sebastian and his family have close ties to the school. His mother is a custodian there and he currently has another sibling attending the middle school.

"In November Sebastian was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), and has been in the hospital receiving treatment at the Golisano Children's Hospital. He just got out of the hospital on Saturday after receiving his second round of chemotherapy," Puckett said. "He is a very social person, and really wanted to come today and visit with everyone but due to a low immune system, he is limited to having contact with others."

Sebastian and his family got to tour the inside of the Pink Heels fire truck and then sign their names on the side of the vehicle.

"We ask anyone who is battling with cancer or has a family member fighting the disease to sign the Pink Heels truck," said Sarah Goldstein, a firefighter/paramedic at the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District.

Goldstein works as a volunteer for the Pink Heels organization on a regular basis.

"It's the least we can do to bring a little joy to those who are fighting cancer. We usually go to their homes for house visits or the hospitals but this is great, because we get to not only lift the spirits of Sebastian, but also his schoolmates who are definitely going through it, too," Goldstein said.

For more information on the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District, visit www.lehighfd.com

For more information Pink Heels visit pinkheals.com/

G. Weaver Hipps Elementary School is at 1200 Homestead Rd N., Lehigh Acres.

 
 

 

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