” I will not give up. Malverne volunteer firefighter pledges to fight after brain cancer diagnosis
A volunteer firefighter from Malverne needs help after being diagnosed with rare cancer.
Brian Saphire, 33, has stage 4 glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer seen in only 81 adults each year.
He grew up in Lindenhurst with five siblings who are now talking about him.
“It was heartbreaking,” said his brother, Kevin Saphire. “He’s a strong guy, he’s a fighter, his mind is in the right place right now. He’s going to fight like a champion.”
Despite being diagnosed with cancer, his peers at the Malverne Fire Department say he still wants to help.
Brian Saphire is no stranger to using. He was a volunteer firefighter at Lindenhurst for 14 years until he joined the Malverne Department.
His peers say he’s the kind of guy who always helps others, whether it’s at the fire station or getting up in the middle of the night to make soup and chili for families displaced after Storm Sandy. .
“He helps, he doesn’t hesitate to lend a hand to anyone,” said Ernest Bohringer, chief of the Malverne fire department. “It’s our turn to give him a hand.”
Brian Saphire lost his job as a machinist during the pandemic and now lives with his stepmother in Malverne. A GoFundMe page has been created to help him and his family with his expenses.
“My daughter and my wife, I have to be there for them and I’m not going to give up,” said Brian Saphire. “I’ll cover the nine meters if I have to. “
He has a long journey ahead of him, but his fellow firefighters say they keep his gear where it is for his return home.