By Michael Sudhalter
Duane Hines has experienced adversity in his life, but he went through his most recent bout with support from a Fort Bend-based non-profit that supports First Responders.
Hines, a volunteer firefighter and community relations specialist with the Pecan Grove Volunteer Fire Department, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma eight months ago.
The 39-year-old Hines is self-employed as an electrician and had recently lost his medical insurance.
Due to the Cancer, Hines couldn’t work during several Chemotherapy and Radiation treatments at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Behind The Badge Charities paid for Hines’ medications and paid his regular bills while he battled cancer.
Behind the Badge Charities is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that provides emergency financial assistance grants to Fort Bend County emergency first responders who suffer injuries, illness or other disasters that create financial hardship not covered by insurance or other assistance. It also provides thousands of dollars in scholarships for children of first responders.
Behind The Badge Charities has provided a total of $300,000 to many First Responders throughout Fort Bend County and hopes to help many more. That’s why it’s hosting the “Boots & Badges Gala” from 6 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 at George Ranch Historical Park in Richmond.
Hines’ medical care was paid for by an anonymous donor to M.D. Anderson.
Hines’ cancer is in “partial remission” now, and he’s returned to work in a limited capacity. He’s also a regular at the fire station, where he performs office work while waiting to be cleared to go back out on calls.
“If I’m not at home, I’m at the fire station,” Hines said.
Hines is extremely thankful to Behind The Badge, which was founded in 2011, for helping him through difficult times.
Hines moved to Pecan Grove from his hometown of New Orleans a day before Hurricane Katrina struck the Crescent City.
Shortly after arriving in Pecan Grove, he found out about the Volunteer Fire Department from his neighbor, and it’s been a big part of his life ever since that point.
The Boots & Badges Gala has lots of highlights. Good food, good company and certainly a good cause. Ranking high on the list are the live and silent auctions.
Behind the Badge Charities, in association with the Presenting Sponsor, Motorola Solutions, is preparing for the annual Boots and Badges Gala, slated for 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 at the George Ranch Historical Park.
The event features dinner catered by Safari Texas, music and dancing and the live and silent auctions, all of which are extraordinary.
Already part of the collection are a L’Auberge Getaway package, an AR-15 Rifle, a Beachfront Suite in Galveston, and a Suite for 25 people at a Sugar Land Skeeters’ game.
Sports memorabilia and art will also be featured in the silent auction.
Sponsorship opportunities for the gala range from $1,000 to $7,500. Individual tickets are $35 each and tables of 10 can be reserved for $500. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased on our website at www.BehindTheBadgeCharities.org or by calling 281-815-4980.
Donations also can be made on the website.