Helena firefighters help young boy battle leukemia

Posted at 10:22 PM, Mar 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-20 00:22:20-04

HELENA- Helena fire fighters are no strangers to going a step above for someone in need and Tuesday 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.

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.”

“To put a face to what were doing here and to the work were putting in and the fundraising and all that,” added Helena fire fighter Brad Patterson. “I know that helps me and I know for next year, training, just to put a face to the hard work that were doing and trying to make this better for somebody local and support somebody in our Helena community.”