Pancake breakfast held to support Danvers firefighter

By WEEK Reporter

January 12, 2014 Updated Jan 13, 2014 at 11:48 AM CDT

DANVERS, Ill. -- Firefighter Noah Moore is fighting cancer and he has the support of his community and fire department to help.

He is embroiled in a fight against cancer.

Just before Thanksgiving, the 31-year-old husband and father of two was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer.

"The community has responded overwhelmingly," Moore said. "We have people coming to our house every other day with meals. It's amazing. It's a beautiful community."

On Sunday, that community came out to help again.

The fire department's annual pancake breakfast was turned into a fundraiser for Moore and the response was overwhelming.

"We are way, way over what we have ever done for the breakfast," said Danvers Fire Chief Glenn Rosecrans. "We're having to run and get supplies. All kinds of stuff. The outreach from the community has been incredible."

And another community has also come to Moore's aid.

"One firefighter needs help, we all come," said Dale Township Fire Chief Ryan Gibson.

Moore said since day one, fellow firefighters have reached out to help.

On Sunday, more than a dozen departments from across the area came to show their support.

"When someone needs help, everyone gathers around," said Champaign Division Chief John Koller. "It's what these guys do everyday. A pager goes off and they go and they go help people. When one of their own needs help, it's no different."

Moore is undergoing chemotherapy and still has more surgeries to undergo but says the future looks bright.

"Seventy percent chance of surviving the next five years," said Moore. "I think everything is going to work out just great."

One thing Moore knows he can count on throughout the process is the support of his community and firefighter brothers.

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