A Norman firefighter tragically lost his life on Friday while rock climbing. He had recently won his battle with cancer. The man has been identified as Levi Wilkins.

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Who was Levi Wilkins?

Levi Wilkins was a beloved husband and father, who heroically battled Stage 4 cancer in 2019. His wife lovingly referred to him as “the most incredible husband, father, son, brother, and friend” in a touching post by the Norman Fire Department.

“After surviving cancer, he led a BIG life. It gives me tremendous comfort to know how content he was doing what he loved when his time came since he thought that every day was a gift, according to the social media statement.

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The Norman Fire Department on Saturday morning confirmed the death of Levi Wilkins. The social media post read, “It’s difficult to express just how hard it hit when we learned of Levi’s passing yesterday. A few years ago, he courageously battled cancer and came out stronger on the other side. He lived life to the fullest every day and everyone who knew him, loved him. Please keep his family in your prayers.”

He was diagnosed with stage IV renal cancer in 2019. After he was diagnosed, the whole department came in support of his journey. For the family, a GoFundMe page garnered more than $12,000 in only one day. He had worked for the department for over eight years as a driving engineer. Wilkins showed a desire to report to work this week despite receiving the worst news of his life.

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Wilkins was ultimately determined to have stage 4 kidney carcinoma after 15 months of doctor visits and examinations.

Wilkins has scaled mountains and put out fires all across the world. He hopes that his preparation has equipped him for what is likely to be his most difficult uphill struggle yet.