Bone Marrow Search and Catastrophic Time Bank Set Up for CSLEA-FMESA Member Shane Norris

Shane Norris and his family

Be the Match event – March 8, 2017 

SACRAMENTO-  On February 4, 2017, Deputy State Fire Marshal Shane Norris, a member of the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) and  Fire Marshal and Emergency Services Association (FMESA) was diagnosed with Stage IV Mantle Cell Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.   Norris’ doctors immediately started an aggressive course of in-hospital chemotherapy treatments and have indicated he will need a bone marrow transplant this June.

Finding a bone marrow match can take time and time is of essence.  That’s why those close to Norris invite you to please attend a “Be the Match” event on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at CALFIRE, Office of the State Fire Marshal at 1131 S Street, Sacramento. 

“This is an opportunity to put yourself in the Be the Match database and possibly save a life,” said FMESA Vice President OSFM Chris Fowler.  “Shane is our friend, our fellow servant, colleague and association member.  We want to make everyone aware of the opportunities to help him and his family during this very tough time.”

In addition to the Be the Match event, a Catastrophic Time Bank (CTB) has been approved for Norris who works in the Code Enforcement, OSFM Fire and Life Safety Division, Sacramento Headquarters. Unit.  He is currently off work due to his illness and extended treatment and has exhausted his leave credits.

Employees in all bargaining units, as well as excluded employees, may donate eligible leave credits which include vacation, annual leave, personal leave, CTO and holiday credits. To donate leave credits, employees must complete a CAL FIRE-82 form which is available from your Personnel Office, the Personnel Procedures Handbook, Section 1063 or the CAL FIRE Intranet. Donations are irrevocable and will be applied to the recipient in the order received. If you are interested in donating credits, please send a completed CAL FIRE-82 to your PS, who will forward your donation to the Sacramento Headquarters, Personnel Office.

“Shane has a wife and two children who adore him, and as you can imagine, this diagnosis has thrown them in to a world they never expected or planned for,” said Fowler.  “He has devoted his life to his family and his career to public safety.   It is my hope we can quickly find a bone marrow match and fill his Catastrophic Time Bank.   Thank you everyone for considering how you can help Shane and his family.”

Catastrophic Time Bank Transfer Authorization Form

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