Starting in 2010, the Bartlett Fire Protection District worked alongside the Pink Heals Tour to raise money for people within the community. In 2013, the Bartlett Fire Protection District hosted its first annual Pink Heals Fest. The fest turned into an annual tradition that grew steadily over the years.
In 2017, Bartlett Firefighters built upon that success with the creation of their own charity, Ignite the Courage. Ignite the Courage is an Illinois not-for-profit, 501(c)3 charity organization.
Ignite the Courage was created by Bartlett firefighters to provide resources and inspiration for our neighbors within the community and fellow local first responders. We do not focus on one disease but rather any disease, ailment or significant tragedy that an individual or family may face throughout their lives. We understand that these struggles weigh heavy on the people that endure them. We want to be there to help encourage everyone to keep fighting, don’t lose hope and never give up.
Ignite the Courage has a recipient selection committee who helps us identify individuals and families in need. Members of the committee are personally connected to the community that we serve, and use their vast network to help find recipients. We have also partnered with local area hospitals to help us find the most deserving candidates. These local area hospitals develop relationships with patients and know firsthand who is in the most need of assistance. We can always use more help to find a family in need. If someone you know is in need of assistance, please contact us here.