Finton McDonald, he fought fires to save life and property but lost his own battle to dedifferentiated chondrosarcoma

Third Tribute for Chondrosarcoma Awareness Day

We are three weeks away from hosting Chondrosarcoma Awareness Day on February 6 (Shayna’s heavenly 33rd birthday). This is our international effort to educate the public about this rare bone cancer and to build a coalition to support more research and clinical trials. The more attention we create, the more support we generate.

Here is all we ask:
We ask that you join us in wearing something Yellow on February 6 and post pictures wearing Yellow on social media platforms using the hashtag: #cswecare #chondrosarcoma #chondrosarcomafoundation

We also ask that you reach out and educate your family, friends and co-workers about chondrosarcoma, share these tributes and help them understand that we need to bring awareness to fight this deadly beast and encourage them to join us by simply going to our website to add their name and email address to our petition:

In addition, we use Chondrosarcoma Awareness Day: February 6, to share stories of our community / our family who provide us with inspiration. Each week before February 6, we share a new story about a member of our community. Some of our members lost their battle with Chondrosarcoma, others are surviving, leading productive lives with the help of surgery, radiation, orphan medications and clinical trials. Last week, we paid tribute to Amanda Richmond. Amanda tells her story about her diagnosis and on-going fight with Conventional Chondrosarcoma as well as her willingness to participate in research and clinical trials to beat this menacing rare bone cancer.

This week we honor a firefighter, a husband and a father from Longford, Ireland. Fintan McDonald is special because he dedicated his life to saving life and property and lost his life to fighting chondrosarcoma this past April. He is the second firefighter we have honored for Chondrosarcoma Awareness Day. (Steve Mathews, a firefighter from Blue Ridge, GA was honored in 2022.)