AFD members shave their heads to support boy with bone cancer

Austin, Texas Austin Fire Department members shaved their heads in support of a 10-year-old boy who recently had bone cancer.

Quincey Adam Mendez, the son of Air Shops supervisor Johnny Mendez, was diagnosed with metastatic Ewing’s sarcoma, the second most common malignant bone tumor in adolescents and young adults.

To support Quincey, ward members along with his parents shaved their heads on Thursday, including the entire Air Shops team and Lieutenant Leo Rios, and Firefighters Anthony Ferrando, Justin Huerta and Eric Muyldermans of Engine 35’s A-squad.

According to Johns Hopkins, Ewing sarcoma is responsible for about 1 percent of childhood cancers. About 225 children and adolescents are diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma each year in the US.

According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year overall survival rate for localized Ewing sarcoma is 70 percent. Patients with metastatic disease have a five-year survival rate of 15 to 30 percent.

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