Salem Firefighter Brent Holland is surprised with a $700 check and a framed photo of Ethaniel Bean from the group ‘Ethaniel’s Fight Forever’. Photo by Bruce Kropp.
Family and friends of Ethaniel Bean are keeping his memory alive by helping others with cancer.
The group who is calling themselves “Ethaniel’s Fight Forever” presented their first assistance check this week at the Salem Fire Protection District.
Shawn Woodward made the announcement to a surprised recipient.
“As President of the Ethaniel’s Fight Committee and our committee, we would like to help give back to our community by helping out. Since we were helped out with our past benefits, and by making a little boys dream come true. On behalf of Ethaniel’s mom, siblings, grandparents, and his memory, we would like to present a check for $700 to firefighter Brent Holland to help pay for anything that you need that will help and let you know we are still behind you in your fight as “Holland Strong”.”
Holland hugged the members of the committee after the announcement.
“It’s just overwhelming. It’s unbelievable. It’s much appreciated and I’m very grateful.”
Holland says he has now been declared cancer free and cleared to return to work. His strong determination earned him this year’s Salem Firefighter of the Year award.
Woodward says the Bean family is very appreciative to the fire department for everything they did to make Ethaniel’s dreams come true in his fascination with emergency services personnel and equipment.
Woodward said the money came from a car show held last weekend as well as a benefit ride and swap meet. Similar activities will continue to raise money to help others fighting cancer.
The group is also making a $2,000 donation to the group researching the rare DIPG brain cancer which claimed young Ethaniel’s life. Those who would like to make a donation to the research effort may leave a contribution at the Iuka State Bank where Team Bean has an account set up.