Rockwall Professional Firefighters Association and Community Raise $ 10,000 for Local Mother Battling Rare Form of Breast Cancer – Blue Ribbon News

Photo by Austin Wells.

ROCKWALL, TX – December 1, 2021 – The Rockwall Professional Firefighters Association ran a t-shirt fundraising campaign throughout October, in support of local mom Jennifer Cordtz who is battling inflammatory breast cancer of Stage 4. This morning, community members and city officials joined the Cordtz family at Rockwall No.2 Fire Hall to donate the proceeds to Jennifer – a total of $ 10,000.

“Love is bigger than cancer, and that’s what got our family through it all,” Jennifer said. “The community has completely enveloped us in their arms and shown your love, and this is how we have succeeded so far. From the bottom of my heart, thank you, and I promise to keep paying next. “

Firefighter Brad Vallance presents the T-shirt fundraiser proceeds to Jennifer Cordtz. Photo by Austin Wells.

Firefighter Brad Vallance, who along with Firefighter Micah Floyd led the t-shirt campaign, also presented Jennifer with a special firefighter’s helmet with her last name on it.

The Firefighters Association built on the success of its inaugural t-shirt campaign last year, in which it sold 500 t-shirts and raised $ 9,500. This year, Vallance said the Association wanted to put a face to the campaign in the hopes of raising awareness about breast cancer. in Jennifer, they found an incredibly dedicated woman who, faced with a terrifying diagnosis, has never stopped giving back to others. As President of the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Society of America, Jennifer has focused her attention on helping others in their battle with breast cancer through support groups and giving back in any way possible.

“Jennifer’s reasoning behind it was, what can I give to others? Vallance said. “And this concept is what firefighters use every year – what can we do to help our community? “

The Rockwall community reacted in a big way to Jennifer’s story and the Firefighters Association ended up selling over 1,000 t-shirts for the cause this year. Vallance said this would not have been possible without the help of his fellow Association members and the firefighters, as well as the tremendous support of the Rockwall community.

“The awareness that this has brought about has multiplied,” Vallance said. “We have over a thousand people with the shirt on, people see them with the shirt on and ask questions and want to know more. We sent shirts to Georgia, Austin… we have them all over Texas, in the community and across the country. We cannot thank Jennifer enough for allowing us to use her for this cause this year.

You can read more about Jennifer’s story in this incredibly powerful TED talk given by her daughter Tatiana Cordtz (fair warning – you’ll want to have tissues on hand) >>

By Austin Wells, Blue Ribbon News. Courtesy photos.

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