Community raises money to help firefighter battling cancer

Community raises money to help 23-year-old firefighter battling cancer

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Steven Talbott has worked with the Maryville Fire Department for the past three years and is remission for the second time. Steven Talbott has worked with the Maryville Fire Department for the past three years and is remission for the second time.
Capt. Rom Everett help sell the nearly 3,000 red bracelets that were sold to help off-set the cost of Talbott's chemotherapy. Capt. Rom Everett help sell the nearly 3,000 red bracelets that were sold to help off-set the cost of Talbott's chemotherapy.
Red bracelets like this were sold to offset Talbott's medical costs. Red bracelets like this were sold to offset Talbott's medical costs.
Talbott is back at work at the Maryville Fire Department. Talbott is back at work at the Maryville Fire Department.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - A young Maryville firefighter is battling cancer for a second time. To make sure his medical expenses don't become too big of a burden the community is now stepping up to raise money.

Steven Talbott, 23, has worked with the Maryville Fire Department for the past three years. After his most recent battle with cancer, Talbott is back at work at the Maryville Fire Department.

"I've kind of just picked up where I left off. I feel like I've not missed a beat," he said.

For six months, the firefighter fought cancer, but thankfully Talbott has been in remission for eight weeks.

"The word cancer it kind of gets your mind pacing and running thinking what's going to happen next? What's to come," said Talbott.

He was first diagnosed with testicular cancer in January of 2012. He was in remission right after his first surgery, but in February of this year he received devastating news.

"I was re-diagnosed again and had to go through eight to 12 weeks of chemo, another surgery again to remove the mass in my stomach, and then another four to six weeks of chemo," added Talbott.

He says he was simply too sick to work. Fellow firefighters wanted to help so Capt. Rom Everett says nearly 3,000 red bracelets were sold to help off-set the cost of Talbott's chemotherapy.

"He pours out 100-percent every day that he's on duty and it was tough seeing him go through the struggles," added Capt. Everett.

The fire department is happy to have their friend back and Talbott says it was the entire community that helped him get back here.

"If it wasn't for them I wouldn't have been able to stay as strong as I did," Talbott said.

Firefighters say more than $3,000 was raised by selling the red bracelets and Talbott says he'll have a doctor's appointment at the end of this month to make sure he's still in remission.

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