Firefighters Battle Blazes and Breast Cancer

By Susy Solis
|  Tuesday, Oct 27, 2009  |  Updated 8:30 PM CDT
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Firefighters Battle Blazes and Breast Cancer

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Firefighters pride themselves for being prepared for almost any situation, but nothing could have prepared Arlington firefighter Adam Evans for the news that is mother had breast cancer.

"(It was) probably the most devastating thing I've ever heard in my life because I am a 100-percent certified mama's boy," said Evans.

Evans has been competing in the Firefighter Combat Challenge for years and after his mother was dianosed with breast cancer, told his teammates he was dedicating this season to his mother. 

"I've got a really supportive group of guys who said, 'Lets do all do it for your mom. Let's all do it for everyone who has breast cancer," Evans said.

The Susan G. Komen Foundation sponsored their Firefighter Combat Challenge team.  The firefighters compete in a series of challenges similating the physical demands of real life firefighting, all while wearing "full bunker gear."

This year, Evans had his fire helmet painted with pink flames and the words "I love you, Mom," lined the back of it.

As a way to give back, the team of firefighters has raised thousands of dollars for the Susan G. Komen Foundation to help fight breast cancer.

"Every event we've been to this year, we've worn pink helmets and pink capes sometimes, since we are Heroes for the Cure," Evans said.

Proving, once and for all, that real men wear pink.

Evans mother's cancer is now is remission and she is cancer-free. The team hopes to win the Firefighter Combat Challenge for all the breast cancer survivors who will be there to support them.

The Firefighter Combat Challenge is Saturday at Hurricane Harbor in Arlington. The event is free and open to the public.

The team is also selling Arlington Fire Combat T-shirts. Proceeds will help pay entry fees for the Firefighters Combat Challenge and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

For more infomation, log onto their facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Arlington-Fire-Combat/122983801410?ref=sgm.

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