East Fork raises $700 for cancer patient
August 17, 2017
Even though fire and police have an age-old rivalry with each other, the Douglas County public safety agencies showed that doesn't matter when there is a brother in need.
The East Fork Fire Department raised $700 in their Grillin' and Chillin' event last month to help the son of one of their brothers in blue.
Trent Almeida, son of Jen and Detective Nate Almeida, was diagnosed in April with B-Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. For the last few months, the Sierra Lutheran High School graduate has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments as well as visiting a specialist in Utah to try and treat the illness.
"We told him his only job right now is to beat this," said Jen. "But he is ready to move on from this and get on with his life."
But, it's a little easier to deal with having a community support their families. Trent's classmates and members of the Sheriff's Office have been selling stickers and t-shirts to raise money to go toward Trent's medical bills. They even created the #TrentStrong to show their support.
"It is incredible, it's where we live because this community comes together," Jen said. "We are so blessed to have such an outpouring of support. We embrace it and it is very humbling."
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Jen said that she is grateful for East Fork for stepping up and helping their family.
"It is huge (for us)," Jen said. "I know if the tables were turned, we would do the same for one of them."
East Fork IAFF Local 3726 president Paul Azevedo and several members of the East Fork Fire Department presented a check for $700 to the Almeida family Tuesday afternoon.
"Trent's dad is a deputy and we have a close relationship with the Sheriff's Office so when our members heard about Trent and the issues he was facing it was a no brainer," Azevedo said.
The firefighters had a fill the boot event at the Grillin' and Chillin' and were able to raise the money within a few hours.
"We know how hard it can be to have a sick child and we wanted to be able to do something to take some of the edge off," Azevedo said.