BRIDGEWATER – Firefighter James Reidy said he heard rumblings around town over the past month about the situation with the McQuade family battling cancer and immediately felt compelled to help.
âWhat we love to do as a firefighters union is try to mobilize for our community if we see people in need,â said Reidy, president of Bridgewater Firefighters Local 2611.
Bridgewater resident Richie McQuade was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer last summer. Months later, Richie’s wife Lindsey was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin lymphoma. cancer that affects the lymph nodes.
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Thanks to strong local support, a GoFundMe for the family has already raised over $ 44,000.
Last year, a member of the Bridgewater Firefighters Union suffered from stage 4 cancer, which prompted the union to apply for funds from the Fire Department Local 2611 ice hockey team.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, efforts were halted, but now with another major cancer case in the community – this time two in the same household with Richie and Lindsey McQuade – Bridgewater Fire Department Local 2611 said she hoped to do her part to help.
On April 11 there will be a open skating fundraiser hosted by the Bridgewater Fire Department 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., with profits going to the McQuade family.
âWe’re thrilled with that,â Lindsey McQuade said of the fundraiser. “The support we got has been crazy. It has been overwhelming.”
The McQuade family have only been living in Bridgewater for a year, but said they felt supported by the community during this difficult time.
They are parents of three children – Julia 6, Tommy 4 and Jameson, 16 months old.
Just before the pandemic hit last year, the Bridgewater Fire Department held a public fundraiser for its relief fund, which at least 300 people attended, Reidy said.
He said he was hoping for a similar outcome with this event.
âI think we’re going to see a big step forward for our community,â Reid said of his expectations for April 11.
How to help
For more information on how to help the McQuade family, visit the GoFundMe Fundraiser at gofundme.com/f/routing-for-richie.
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