‘He’s One Of Us:’ Support From Community As Firefighter Battles Cancer

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (June 23, 2014) — A community is now coming together to help support someone who for more than a decade has been the one they called for help.

33-year-old Kevin Sikkema has been a Georgetown Charter Township firefighter for years, but on Memorial Day life as he knew it changed when doctors found out he had a brain tumor.

But Sikkema isn’t only a firefighter, he’s a father of two and has another one on the way. Those who know him say he is a man who has poured his heart into his job and family.

His sister Jill Francisco says doctors found a tumor on Kevin’s brain on Memorial Day and once the pathology results came back they learned it was cancerous.

“It’s basically the most aggressive brain cancer there is so now we’re just waiting for treatments to start.”

His fellow firefighters say it’s a brotherhood and it’s times like this it really shows.  “He’s like a brother to us and it hit us in the gut just like it hit his family,” said Capt. Tim McIntrye. “We just needed to help him because he’s one of us.”

Sikkema has not only served the community in Georgetown Township but also in Blendon Township. People from both departments and his relatives have been working together to organize benefits and events.

His sister says people they don’t even know have been reaching out to offer support; she says it has been incredible to see.

“It’s just been really neat to see the community come full circle to surround him now that they’re in need of something,” Francisco said.

A kind of support that only continues to grow and that will help him through the tough times ahead.  “He’s a fighter.  He’s very strong and he’s got a great attitude that will take him far. He has a positive outlook and  he’s ready to fight this 100 percent .”

There are a few benefits coming up, one this Wednesday at the Arby’s in Grandville at 4584 Chicago Dr. SW and a golf outing at Crestview Golf Course in August.

For more information on events and Kevin’s story: http://www.sikkemastrong.org

1 Comment

  • Eric

    Deanna,
    Would you mind making a slight edit to the following:

    "Those who knew him say he is a man who has poured his heart into his job and family."

    Please don't refer to him in the past-tense. It sets the tone that he's already lost. Kevin may have a long road ahead, but with the care and support of his family, friends, and the community he can beat this.

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