The California Fire Foundation published a full-page story on the Andy Valenta Melanoma Foundation and presented Caylie with a donation to assist in raising awareness of risk of melanoma for firefighters and providing annual skin checks to as many fire departments as possible.
Caylie Valenta proudly accepted an American Flag on behalf of The Andy Valenta Melanoma Foundation. “To see his name permanently engraved in the Capital of California is incredible, something that our girls can always come back to and see their daddy’s name is in the Capital forever.”
The ceremony marked the 20th Anniversary of the California Firefighters Memorial in Sacramento’s Capitol Park. Firefighters, their families, departments and community leaders gathered in Sacramento on Saturday to pay tribute to the 82 California firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty with a memorial ceremony at the Safe Credit Union Convention Center.
The San Diego Union-Tribune published a feature story on the Valenta Family and the Andy Valenta Melanoma Foundation. Valenta said her husband’s oncologists determined that his cancer was “presumptive,” meaning it was attributed to his occupation. According to statistics from the Firefighter Cancer Support Network, firefighters have a 9 percent higher risk of being diagnosed…