Archive for April 4th, 2012
What would you do if you won the lottery? Would you give it away to help a colleague who was suffering from a life-threatening tumour? Well, that’s what eight firefighters from New Mexico have just done.
The generous group from Albuquerque Fire Department – on learning that they had won $10,000 in last week’s Mega Millions jackpot – immediately agreed to donate an unspecified portion of their winnings (via their ‘Survival Fund’) to help pay for 24-year-old Vince Cordova’s life-saving surgery, to remove an aggressive brain tumour… an operation expected to cost several thousand dollars, due to its rare and specialist nature.
Although unable to provide anywhere near the total sum required, Cordova’s colleagues are hoping that their generosity will persuade others to chip in, to underwrite the operation (due to take place today), which will take a team of five surgeons a total of at least ten hours to complete. He has already undergone two operations, to relieve the pressure on his brain caused by the cancer, but today’s is the big one, and Cordova is naturally anxious. However, the kindness of his fellow firefighters, and the strong bond that it demonstrates, is giving him added strength to face the ordeal.
We wish Vince Cordova well, as he undergoes this critical procedure, and salute the generous guys at Station Eight.