The Fighting 126: Doug Wortman shares his battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — They risk their lives to keep us safe and firefighters are facing a huge threat to their health just by doing it.

Roughly 126 firefighters in Columbus have been diagnosed with cancer. Doug Wortman is one of those firefighters.

IN 2005 Doug was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. His doctor at the James Cancer Center told him it was from fighting fires. When Doug and his wife Stacie turned to workman’s compensation to help with medical expenses, they found out that cancer was not recognized as a job-related illness for firefighters.

Stacie would take off work without pay in order to take Doug to his treatments, so she could be by his side for the whole way. Luckily, Doug was able to participate in a clinical trial. Seven months later, he was cancer-free.

Doug is now back at work doing what he loves. This year marks his 28th anniversary with the Columbus Division of Fire. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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