Firefighters rally around Indy teen with cancer

INDIANAPOLIS --  Fire departments from around the country are rallying around an Indianapolis teen who is battling cancer. 

16-year-old Jeremy Brinkman was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer last month and is preparing to start his third of four chemotherapy rounds. 

The teen has always wanted to be a firefighter. Since his diagnosis, departments from around the country have sent Brinkman t-shirts and letters of encouragement. 

Recently, members of the Martinsville Fire Department gave him a plaque naming him an honorary member of their team while he fights for his life. 

"As all firefighters, it's a brotherhood from the bottom of the ranks to the top, and we'll stand behind him 100 percent in his fight and wish him well," Martinsville Fire Department Deputy Chief Charlie Fraker said. 

"You would think that absolutely nothing is wrong. His spirits, it's amazing to see a 16-year-old with such a positive attitude," Jeremy's mom, Julie Weile said. 

While Jeremy's treatment continues, his mom says she now has a goal to get him at least one fire department t-shirt from all 50 states. 


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