North Carolina Fire Fighter Walks 60 Miles for Young Cancer Patient

September 11 • 2015
Less than 48 hours after Greensboro, NC Local 947 fire fighter Tim Gibbs retired from the fire department, he embarked on a four-day walking journey to call attention to a very special cause. On October 13, Local 947 members will be hosting a fundraiser to benefit fellow Local 947 member Spencer Nolen’s eight-year-old son, Morgan, who is fighting stage 4 Ganglion Neuroblastoma.

Gibbs walked 60 miles from his assigned Station 7 in Greensboro to Duke Medical Center in Durham where Nolen is undergoing treatment. “Something just told me that I needed to do this walk,” says Gibbs. “I put on full turnout gear and encouraged others to walk with me. It was tough, but I’m glad I did it.”

Ganglion Neuroblastoma is a rare form of nerve cancer that occurs in approximately five out of one million children annually. When Morgan was diagnosed earlier this year, Local 947 rallied around the Nolen family, offering help and support.

Nolen is currently receiving stem cell treatment at Duke Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.  Doctors are saying that the eight-year-old is responding to treatment, but is not out of the woods yet.

The Local 947 fundraiser is a prime rib dinner with raffle. Tickets are $100 for the dinner, but donations can also be made here.