Went to check out the activities a couple of weeks ago (May 21, 2011) for The Colony Firefighter, Steve Vickery. I don’t know Steve personally however what I saw this weekend spoke loud and clear, he’s a guy that any fire department would be proud to have.
At 9-months old he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. Nueroblastoma is a form of cancer that can occur during infancy and childhood. The growth was removed from his left lung which included extensive radiation causing some damage to his heart valves. Despite the challenges he found ways to overcome his medical setbacks to dedicate a career of service as a firefighter. He has been with the Colony Fire Department for 4-years. His medical issues have been ongoing. Last year he had serious issues that he miraculously recovered from and continued to serve and perform his duties as firefighter. However early this year more issues arose with him having extensive open heart surgery. He’s currently at home. Recovery is ongoing and it’s unknown if he will be able to return to the fire department in the same capacity. This has caused financial hardships for Steve and his family. Steve is married with four children.
The Community Helps Out
In response the City of the Colony and the Fire Department decided to have a fundraiser “A Day for Steven”. Several city employees and residents assisted with planning and promotion. The activities included a morning fun run at Stewart Creek Park, Meet the Vickery Family at Stans Restaurant with live music during lunch, and live music at Angelinas Restaurant during the evening. In addition at Stans a Careflite helicopter made an appearance, along with silent auction, and live performance of the Area Fire Department Pipe and Drum Corps. It was a great event that my family enjoyed. We hope for the best to Steve and his family.
If you would like more information fore fundraising efforts you can contact, Capt. Bradburry at 214-687-7126 or the City of the Colony Fire department at 972-625-3944.