As difficult as it is to hear, our caseload includes active and retired firefighters with brain tumors in all phases of treatment and recovery. Navigating through brain tumor diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship is overwhelming for patients, loved ones and caregivers. Factor in the potential loss of a firefighter’s career and the future blurs. We acknowledge the challenges they are living with. Our goal is to assist with easing a piece of the burden.
To support our firefighter patients with brain tumors, we’re launching a new component of Health Navigation—Brain Tumor Peer Support. Dan Dunnigan, an experienced brain tumor peer support mentor, was diagnosed in 2013 with brain cancer as an active SFFD firefighter and survived. He knows firsthand what you are going through and can address your individual needs and concerns. Dan has proudly volunteered for the UCSF Brain Cancer Support Group and the IAFF/Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN) since his diagnosis. To learn more about Dan’s experience and qualifications, read his bio.
Eligibility is currently reserved for any active or retired SFFD firefighter or their direct family member in all phases of brain tumor (cancerous or not) treatment and recovery. If you are currently a health navigation patient working with Jeff Malone, Judy Lynch or Nick Oxford, they will be able to directly refer you to Dan. If not, to request health navigation or Brain Tumor Peer Support services, contact us on this page at the number listed or click the red button.