100 Mile Firefighter Cancer Support Challenge
I spent 32 years in the California Fire Service, working with the California Division of Forestry, (now Cal Fire), the Orange County Fire Department, (now the Orange County Fire Authority) and the San Marcos Fire Department where I served as Department Chief up to my retirement in 2006.
Shortly thereafter, I served the National Catastrophic Planning Team for the New Madrid Seismic Zone where I developed Catastrophic Response Plans for the State of Tennessee and FEMA R-IV. In 2010, I worked at the US Army Installation Management Command assisting with army fire departments throughout the world. Since then, I have provided emergency management consulting services to various Federal and state agencies throughout the United States.
Many years ago, I was diagnosed with job related skin cancer, which is now in remission. My daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer right before the start of the 2018 challenge, and my brother is a cancer survivor, but still struggles with the long-term effects of the treatment he received. When I take on the 2021 Challenge, I will be 66 years old.
Thank you for considering a pledge. Together we can make a difference in addressing the issues of firefighter occupational cancer.
Larry Webb, Fire Chief Retired.
A Message from Chief Webb
Obstacles; you can let them defeat you, or you can let them define you. Which will you choose in 2021? In 2017, Lillian Carney and her family faced the biggest obstacle of their life when Lillian’s husband, Battalion Chief Josh Carney was diagnosed with Stage 4 Melanoma. He was only 41 years old at the time, but less than four months later, this aggressive cancer claimed Josh’s life. It was at this juncture, that Josh’s family made a choice. Were they going to let this obstacle defeat them, or define them? The Carney Strong Initiative grew from that desire to not let that obstacle defeat them, rather to preserve Josh’s legacy they made it their mission to raise awareness of the dangers of occupational cancer in the fire service.
It is just a short time away from taking off on the next 100 miles and I am asking you to go along with me by following the 100 Mile Firefighter Cancer Support Challenge on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and You Tube. By making a pledge for each mile I hike, you will be directly helping to provide grants to support smaller and rural fire departments who would not necessarily be fully funded to develop and implement a comprehensive cancer and decontamination program.
In 2018, I took off on the journey of a lifetime when I hiked 100 miles through the Scottish Highlands. I encountered a number obstacles, but each day as I started out, I knew that my 100 miles would never compare to the challenges many of our fellow firefighters were facing as they worked through their own cancer diagnosis. Due to the world-wide pandemic, it has taken over two years to be able to complete this last 100 miles.
For this year, you will be able to follow me live. Starting on October 1, each day that I take off, I will be posting a link that will allow you to follow me live via satellite. So here we go! Can you go the distance with me? I know you can. Your pledge for each mile I hike is tax deductible. You can use the link below to make your pledge to support the 100 Mile Firefighter Cancer Support Challenge.