2007-02-09 / Community

DOS Worker To Take The Plunge For Cystic Fibrosis

Danny Fox will take part in tomorrow's "Plunge For Cystic Fibrosis on Beach 126 Street.
Danny Fox will take part in tomorrow's "Plunge For Cystic Fibrosis on Beach 126 Street. A six-year veteran of the New York City Department of Sanitation is looking to help raise awareness of cystic fibrosis by participating in the 7th Annual 'Take the Plunge for Cystic Fibrosis' on Beach 126 Street in Belle Harbor on Saturday, February 10.

The event is designed to raise awareness for cystic fibrosis by having participants jump into the Atlantic Ocean.

Danny Fox, a Sanitation Worker from Long Beach, who works for the Queens West District 2 Garage, which covers Woodside, Sunnyside and Long Island City, is also a sanitation worker who sits on the Board of Directors of the DSNY's Emerald Society. He's also a drummer in the organization's award-winning Pipe and Drum Band. Fox is currently being trained to become the band's drum major, a position that, according to Fox, would have him one day "lead the band up Fifth Avenue (in Manhattan)" on St. Patrick's Day.

Fox decided to participate in the "plunge" to help bring awareness to a disease that affects 30,000 people in the United States, and 30,000 in other parts of the globe. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the disease causes the body to produce abnormally thick mucus, clogging the airways, and often leads to life-threatening lung infections. Cystic fibrosis also obstructs the pancreas, preventing the absorption and digestion of food. People afflicted with this disease normally don't live past their 30's.

The Emerald Society has been helping raise money and awareness for cystic fibrosis for over 20 years, since the society's former second vice president and DSNY retiree, Mike Ryan, found out his niece suffered from the insidious disease.

For Fox, however, the fight against a life-threatening disease didn't begin with cystic fibrosis. Fox's mother died of lupus nearly six months after he became a "san man." "My mother was like my best friend," said Fox. "If she could see me now, it would be a dream come true for her, and I plan to stay involved and make a difference. I'm pouring myself into this." He is also confident that his mother would be proud of not only his involvement in the 'plunge,' but also his work as a sanitation worker, a job Fox unabashedly calls "the best job in the city, hands down."

Although he always is involved in fundraising efforts, it was only when Fox's girlfriend introduced him to someone who participated in the Belle Harbor event that he decided to take part in the annual dip into the Atlantic. Fox jokingly said he had second thoughts about participating once he realized the temperature was steadily dropping in the city.

The 7th Annual 'Take the Plunge for Cystic Fibrosis' for Annie McMahon, will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2007, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club, 533 Beach 126 Street.

A $40 minimum donation is required for admission to the event, and $60 sponsorships for a free admission into the party (and the ocean), which comes with a free T-shirt. Anyone interested in participating can call Clair Conti at (718) 474-0749, Jim Mullen at (718) 474-8062, or log onto www.rockaway


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