WILLOUGHBY, OH (WOIO) - Local businesses in downtown Willoughby teamed up for a very special cause, to help a local firefighter fight brain cancer.
"Every bar that's on the bar crawl is giving a kickback. We have raffles set up at every bar, we have 50/50 raffles set up so the money is going right back to the foundation," President of the Michael Palumbo Jr. Ohio Firefighters Health Foundation, Inc. Nick Heintz said.
The gathering started last year when Willowick Firefighter Captain Michael Palumbo was fighting an aggressive form of cancer. He died earlier this year but his memory lives on as the foundation raises awareness and supports firefighters all over, including Willoughby Firefighter Seamus Culligan, who's now fighting brain cancer.
"Basically just to let people know that firefighting is hazardous, puts our health at risk so the more people that know about what's going on and support us and come out, it's a great win. Not just for us but the community as well," Firefighter Ryan Webster said.
One woman came from Texas to join in for what she says is a cause close to her heart.
"I'm a police officer in Dallas and we pretend that we're enemies but we're not so we're supporting firefighters in a fun way," Ana Vazquez said.
If you'd like to make a donation:
Michael Palumbo Jr. Ohio Firefighters Health Foundation, Inc.
581 Crescent Drie
Willowick, OH 44095