FDNY hosts healthy eating cook-off to benefit cancer survivors, research via Daily News

The FDNY IS taking a bite out of cancer.


Scores of hungry firefighters, EMTs, 911 dispatchers and friends and family descended on FDNY headquarters Tuesday to participate in a feast that highlighted the department’s ongoing fight against cancer.


The “Cook Off For Cancer” at Downtown Brooklyn’s MetroTech Center promoted healthy eating to combat the potentially deadly disease.

Currently, more than 1,000 active and retired FDNY members are battling a 9/11-related cancer, department officials said. That’s already on top of the 169 FDNY first responders who have already died of a cancer that can be directly linked to their time at Ground Zero.

FDNY turns on the flames for cancer cook-off fundraiser

FDNY turns on the flames for cancer cook-off fundraiser

The FDNY held a cookout Tuesday to raise money for firefighters who are battling cancer.

The event raised money and awareness for "Fired Up For a Cure," an organization within the fire department to help firefighters combat cancer.

The cook-off promoted healthy eating and lifted spirits for sick firefighters, their families, and colleagues, many of whom were sickened by 9/11-related illnesses.

"I know, personally, a lot of firefighters who are sick and dying, and have died from Trade Center-related illnesses, and there's a big need for help there," said one cook-off participant.

The organization said that, as of September, 170 firefighters have died from 9/11-related cancers