LA protest prompted to cancel fund-raising for cancer fighters !!Top Stories

November 16, 2016 12:26
LA protest prompted to cancel fund-raising for cancer fighters !!

Thousands gathered into downtown Los Angeles over the weekend, shutting down several streets as they protested against Donald Trump.

But many demonstrators don’t know that their protest prompted the cancellation of a fundraiser for firefighters battling cancer.

The Firefighter Cancer Support Network had been forced to pack-up and cancel its 11th anniversary dinner and fundraiser, which had already been decided to be held at downtown's Westin Bonaventure Hotel on Saturday.

Past events helped to raise more than $250,000 in one evening. While the organizers said that the cancellation hampered their efforts to help firefighters who were actually  in need.

Bryan Frieders, Deputy Chief with the Pasadena Fire Department and president of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network said "I want to make it very clear that we don't have any hostility or any anger about the protesters themselves. That's their right and we respect that. It's just unfortunate for us it happened at the same time our event occurred.”

The non-profit organizations help firefighters and their families in the event of a cancer diagnosis, which happened more often than most would think.

Frieders explained that "You know the things we're exposed to and the toxins we encounter on a regular basis. One in three firefighters gets diagnosed with cancer at some point in their careers."

By Prakriti Neogi

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