For over 42 years Niceville Fire Chief Michael Wright answered our calls for help...this time its his call for help that we need to answer.
Chief Wright made his career battling our fires, saving our lives and property and regularly putting his life on the line for our safety. As a Professional Firefighter, Chief Wright was always "On-Call" and gave freely of his own time to his hometown and many others who asked. With no regrets he loved every moment of his career and his life among us. Those years for Chief Wright were rewarding but they did not come without a cost.
In 2018 Chief Wright was diagnosed with lung cancer, due in part, to decades of toxic smoke and fumes from the fires he fought. Ultimately his right lung had to be removed followed by months of Chemo Therapy. For a man that has Backpacked 45 states, through dozens of countries and a couple of different continents thrown in, this was devastating. However what was worse was realizing that he may not make it to the first ball games of his three grandsons. Determined he set about working towards one goal...to live.
Two and a half years later, and thriving, In April of 2021 he at long last retired from the career/life that he loved so much. He put aside the title of Chief and took up one that he loved even more, the title of Pawpaw. Then sadly just two months later he got the news that a spot was found on his liver...It was Stage 4 cancer, metastasized from his lung cancer and he was given maybe two to ten months.
Chief Wright was down, but not out. He put his affairs in order, preparing things for the worst but then readied himself for "literally" the fight of his life.
The Chemo has been brutal this time, coupled with the meds and immune therapy Chief has taken a beating. Sickly, weak, unable to eat, sleep or stand without assistance his body has begun failing him at times. His eyesight dims, he suffers unbearable headaches, hears constant ringing in his ears and tolerates frequent nose bleeds and of course the loss of his hair...Yet the fight continued.
Finally the day came when he was given a dim glimmer of hope after his PET Scan. No remarkable increase in cancer cells and a tumor that had shrunk by one centimeter...Just one more centimeter and The Mayo Clinic has agreed to operate and Proton Therapy becomes possible...and with that a chance to see that first ball game.
Cue Murphy's Law...Seems that with all that he has gone through, his Insurance, (The one he has paid into for 42 years), won't cover the cost of the whole operation nor the Proton Therapy!!...Which without, will be his death sentence.
This is where we come in...Where we can help give back to one of our own...to pay back and pay forward a debt that this man never tallied. Chief Wright spent a lifetime saving so many lives...we just need to try and save just one.
Please give whatever you can afford...and if unable to then please include Chief Wright in your prayers.
Funds received will be withdrawn andmanaged by Mike Wright's loving daughter, Tiffany McCarty.
God bless you all and thank you for any gift that you can afford.