The Redondo Beach Fire Association gave $1,500 to the Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach this week in a brief ceremony at Fire Station No. 1.
Fire Department Capt. Jasen Brown presented the check to two of the nonprofit’s officials: Interim Executive Director Joey Shanahan and Events Manager Kelly Zamarripa-De Tate.
“We are happy to support this great community network that provides resources and outreach programs for people affected by cancer,” Brown said. “It’s directly affecting our mayor right now and too many firefighters throughout the nation.”
The 32-year-old nonprofit serves more than 2,000 people per year through more than 250 programs. U.S. firefighters, meanwhile, get diagnosed with cancer at a rate 9% higher than the general public and die from the diseases 14% more often, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
“We are so grateful for the support of the Redondo Beach Fire Department,” Shanahan said in a statement after the Tuesday, Nov. 26, event. “It’s so wonderful that in addition to the important service that the firefighters provide to our community, they also care to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their loved ones.”