Fundraising for a friend

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The Abercrombie Fire Department will be a busy spot for a good cause on January 26 as members team up with those from the New Glasgow Fire Department to host a fundraiser for one of their own.

Donnie Grant is a 22-year member of the Abercrombie Fire Department who is recipient of a 20-year long service medal and was recognized as an officer on four occasions and helped as a pump operator, truck driver and helped with hall maintenance. He has also been a driver operator for the Town of New Glasgow at the New Glasgow Fire Department since August 2013. Grant was working at New Glasgow when he received a cancer diagnosis of T Cell Lymphoma.

“I was on my way back from Halifax when he called and told me he had cancer,” recalled his partner at the station, Wade Baxter. Grant was diagnosed in fall 2018 and has been off since to undergo treatment for his cancer.

Baxter said that he had known Grant since he was a teenager as they had both lived in Abercrombie.

“Being his partner for so long he was calling me and letting me know how he was doing and I was sort of the liaison between him and the fire department,” Baxter said.

With two fire departments and his family working together, they have plans to host a benefit for Grant to help with travel and other expenses related to his care and to help out as Grant has a son, Tristan, who is 13.

The fundraiser in Abercrombie will take place from 2 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 26 and include live bands, a cash bar and kitchen, a silent auction, 50/50 draws as well as transportation by CHAD bus to and from the event by donation. Donations for the firefighter will also be taken at the door during the event or can be made at a local RBC branch.

Grant’s sister, Tracey, also added that many know Grant by his nickname, ‘Duck.’

Tracey said Grant thinks the fundraiser is amazing that people are working together to help him out, but at the same time is very shy about all the attention and doesn’t think there should be a fuss made over him.

She shared that Grant is set to have a long path ahead of him as after he finishes treatment he will undergo a stem cell transplant.

Baxter said that anyone looking to help out and donate to the silent auction is welcome to contact him at 902-301-4655.

With Grant’s family and friends handling the entertainment, the talented Grant family will be singing and a number of bands will be performing, promising a great line up.

Tracey Grant and Wade Baxter show off one of the posters for the Bucks for Duck fundraiser for Donnie Grant, an Abercrombie and New Glasgow firefighter who has been diagnosed with cancer.  (Brimicombe photo)