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Firefighters delivered a freezer Tuesday to the family of a cancer survivor who needs it to store donor breast milk for their new daughter.

An Acworth cancer survivor has a new freezer to store donor breast milk, thanks to firefighters in Amarillo, Texas and Cherokee County, who were able to make a just-in-time delivery.

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services staff bought and delivered the freezer on Tuesday after they were made aware of the need last week by Capt. Kyle Joy of the Amarillo Fire Department. 

Joy is also the director and co-founder of Third Strand, a non-profit whose mission is to provide safe donor breast milk to nursing babies who have lost a mother, or whose mothers are unable to breastfeed due to a serious illness, such as cancer. In addition, the organization also has a program that allows them to provide safe donor milk to families of adopted infants.

Joy called Tim Cavender, public information officer for the Cherokee County fire department to let him know that Third Strand was seeking to help Acworth resident Stacie Fulcher, a breast cancer survivor.

Joy told Cavender the Fulcher family needed a small freezer to store the 10 gallons of milk they were shipping to them.

Cavender let his colleagues know of the need and they pooled their money to buy the freezer and delivered it on Tuesday. The Lowe's home improvement store in Canton sold them the freezer at cost.

“I have a great bunch of co-workers and administrative staff here at the fire department’s headquarters, so I began to tell them about the dilemma and asked if anyone would be willing to make a donation to make the purchase,” Cavender said.

“I blindly reached out to the Cherokee County Fire Department when I learned of the family's need for a small deep freezer to store the milk we would be shipping," Joy said. "I was quickly directed to Tim Cavende r... and within an hour had a commitment from this amazing fire department to not only purchase a freezer for the family, but to deliver it to their home as well.”

On Tuesday, Cavender, Lt. Danny Carder and Sgt. Chris Martin delivered the freezer just in time.

Stacie Fulcher's husband, Jeff, told Cherokee firefighters that his wife went into labor on Tuesday to deliver their new baby girl. The milk for the newest Fulcher family member is slated for delivery on Wednesday.

To learn more about the Third Strand Foundation, go to their website at www.thirdstrand.foundation.

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