Diagnosis: Colorectal Cancer
Kristin Ciganek grew up in Milwaukee, the second of eight kids – two boys and six girls. She went to Madison High School on the city’s northwest side, and graduated with a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin?Green Bay, in psychology and human development.
“I always knew that I didn’t want a typical job,” Kristin says. “I’m very athletic and wanted to find something challenging. I always knew I liked helping people, and being a firefighter fit all my criteria.”
So she took a job with the Milwaukee Fire Department – and spent 13 years as a firefighter and two as a lieutenant, until a cancer diagnosis stopped her short in 2012.
She’s married to Bryon Schroeder, and they have three kids – Josh was born in 2000, Ty in 2002 and Samantha in 2006.
In late 2017, Kristin unfortunately passed away. Her sister, Sandy, wrote a tribute post in her honor: