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Thousands of dollars raised for NSR member with cancer

Last Updated Dec 11, 2015 at 11:09 am PDT

(Courtesy North Shore Rescue)

Member is not eligible for benefits or disability because he's a part-time worker

More than $70,000 has been raised so far to help member Jay Piggot battle a rare form of cancer

NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – More than $70,000 has been raised to help a member of North Shore Rescue who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Mike Danks with the organization explains what donations to the Jay Piggot Trust Fund mean for first responders.

“It just shows there is a community there and they’re looking out for each other. It’s really nice, that as volunteers, the community does back you.”

“This has really united first responders. It was already there, but people have stepped up hugely for us,” adds Danks.

Jay Piggot is a dedicated volunteer and serves as a SAR medic. He was recently diagnosed with a rare, in-operable form of cancer near his liver. Since he is only classified as a “part-time” worker, he is not eligible for benefits or disability. This fund, the NSR hopes, will help him and his family focus on beating the cancer and not on having to worry about paying for it.

Danks says that if there is a surplus amount of money, there are a few different options. Jay’s eldest son is autistic, and the money can be used to help him in his education and care. The money can also be split between both of his sons’ educations in the future.

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