EVERETT, Wash. — Gina Anderson had finally accomplished her dreams when two separate fire departments offered her a job recently.
Two weeks later, she found out she had cancer.
The Everett Fire Department said it interviewed Anderson and more than 30 others two months ago before offering her a position.
“She was ranked near the top of the civil service list, had already dedicated time and energy as a part-time firefighter, and gave an amazing interview,” EFD said in a social media post. “Everett Fire wasn’t the only fire agency that was amazed by her, as she received a conditional offer from us and a second agency.”
Anderson was preparing for her future when she found out she has Stage III cancer, forcing her to put her dreams on hold. EFD said she came in and spoke with its fire chief, while withdrawing her candidacy.
“At Everett Fire, our mission is: “We’re here for you.” You see that in the actions of the members of our department both on and off duty, whether that’s answering emergency calls or off-duty fundraising efforts for various charitable organizations,’ the social post said. “Now, we would like to be there for Gina, which is why we are asking for your help.”
Her cancer treatment has started, keeping her from working.
Friends and family set up this GoFundMe, to help with medical and living expenses.