Firefighters to help fight pediatric cancer at Fire Up A Cure on July 27

Local firefighters will raise money to help fight pediatric cancer at The Cure It Foundation’s second annual Fire Up A Cure event on Sat., July 27.

The event, which is open to the public, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Saint Xavier University’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. To purchase tickets, please visit the Cure It Foundation’s website or contact (872) 222-5437.

Fire Up A Cure will bring together firefighters from across Illinois to compete in a series of challenges to raise awareness and funding for pediatric cancer research and for local children who are battling this illness. Events will include a fire truck pull, a hot wing eating contest sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings – Berwyn, a forcible entry door competition, an obstacle course, inflatable jousting, and tug-of-war. Pediatric cancer patients will serve as honorary coaches for each team.

In addition to the firefighter competitions, the event features concessions and entertainment for the entire family. Children’s activities will include an inflatable fire truck slide, an obstacle course, a kids’ fire pole to slide down, a real fire truck for children to explore, face painting, and a balloon artist. A DJ will provide music and there will performances by local dance troupes, travel cheerleading squads, and a magician. There also will be several food trucks, including The Slide Ride, Haute & The Dog, Barraco’s Pizza, and Kona Ice. MJ Slykas from 103.5 KISS FM will emcee the event.

“This foundation is built around a team of people who care about the future of fighters and survivors of childhood cancer,” said Cure It Foundation Co-Founder Dr. Jason Canner. “What makes us special is that the kids will always be the core of the team.”

This event is sponsored by Advocate Christ Medical Center. For more information, please contact Becky Vacco-Giudice at (872) 222-5439 or