Florida Firefighter’s Cancer Diagnosis Spurs Calls for Change

An Orange County (FL) Fire Rescue firefighter‘s battle with pancreatic cancer is underscoring the state’s lack of a presumptive cancer law, according to a new report.

The Orlando Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1IzszLn) reports on the case of irefighter Stephen “Shakey” Vanravenswaay, 42, who was recently diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer.

Florida Falls Behind 34 States in Firefighter Cancer Law

The story highlights Vanravenswaay’s struggle to deal with the financial aspects of the disease as well as the help he’s received from the local firefighting community.

As the report notes, more than 30 states have a cancer presumption for firefighters, which allows them to file workers’-compensation claims for cancer, but Florida is not one of them.

Read more at http://bit.ly/1IzszLn.

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