Paramedics raise money for girl battling cancer

CORNWALL — A trio of staff members from Cornwall SD&G Emergency Medical Services shaved off their locks Friday as part of a fundraiser for an eight-year-old girl battling cancer.

Through Medics for Megan, the local paramedics managed to raise over $6,000 for the family of Megan Keeler, who is currently receiving treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). The young girl is a niece of four different members of Cornwall SD&G EMS.

A number of different fundraisers were held, including a barbecue on Friday that was attended by members of the EMS family and employees from other City departments. The Paramedics’ union contributed $2,500 and the Cornwall Professional Fire Fighters Association donated $625 to help push the tally over $6,000. Walmart, M&M Meats, FreshCo, Benson Auto Service and Dairy Queen also contributed to the cause.

“We stick together for these kinds of events,” said Scott Halliday, Primary Care Paramedic.

Cheers echoed through the ambulance bay at EMS Headquarter station on Campbell Street Friday while EMS members Sophie Tassé, Tristan Layer and Leighton Woods took turns getting their heads shaved. Mrs. Tassé planned to donate her hair for cancer.

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