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Community steps up big for pancreatic cancer research

Six local restaurants donated 10 percent of their proceeds from their designated day
Cancer fundraiser
The Delta Fire Fighters Charitable Society capped off a local pancreatic research fundraiser, organized by Roberta Haydon, with a $2,873.05 donation. It was made in the memory of her husband Thomas, a Delta firefighter, who lost his battle to pancreatic cancer two years ago. Submitted photo

A pancreatic cancer research fundraiser in South Delta last month generated nearly $13,000.

The campaign featured the participation of six local restaurants (Ladner and Tsawwassen McDonalds, Ladner Dairy Queen, Tsawwassen White Spot and The Chopped Leaf’s Ladner and Tsawwassen locations) who all donated 10 percent of their proceeds from their designated day. This, along with community donations, generated $10,096.95. In addition, the Delta Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society contributed another $2,873.05 in the memory of Delta firefighter Thomas Haydon.

The amount brought the final total to $12,970, which reflected Haydon’s regimental number of 297. He lost his battle to pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer in 2018 and his wife Roberta organized the campaign.

“Thank you, Delta Fire, for your generous donation, for your support and for your help bringing awareness to this event,” said Roberta in a social media post. “And thanks to our friends, family and people of South Delta for your continued support. We live in a great community!”