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‘Rescue the rescuer’: North Shore Rescue fundraises for volunteer with cancer

North Shore Rescue volunteer search and rescue medic Jay Piggot has helped many. Now his crew is fundraising to help him beat cancer.

North Shore Rescue volunteer SAR medic Jay Piggot.

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North Shore Rescue volunteer SAR medic Jay Piggot.

As a volunteer medic on North Shore Rescue’s helicopter squad, Jay Piggot has helped many who found themselves stranded in the mountains around Vancouver over the past five years.

Now his crew at the search and rescue organization is asking the community to return the favour and pitch in to a fundraiser to help “rescue the rescuer.”

Piggot, 34, was recently diagnosed with a rare cancer near his liver and will be unable to work as a paramedic during his treatment, which could take up to a year, according to the online Fundrazr campaign.

North Shore Rescue volunteer Jay Piggot with his wife Denise and sons aged 6 and 9.

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North Shore Rescue volunteer Jay Piggot with his wife Denise and sons aged 6 and 9.

Piggot was classified as a part-time employee at B.C. Ambulance Services so he is not eligible for benefits or sick leave, according to the campaign’s website. He and his wife Denise have two sons aged 6 and 9, and the eldest has an autism spectrum disorder.

“The loss of an income, no matter how temporary, will be devastating to this hardworking, caring family,” the campaign states. “We want to make sure that this is one stressor they don’t need to worry about.”

His colleagues who set up the fundraiser describe Piggot as a man who puts others first and who has saved many lives. In just 40 hours (as of Monday at 1 p.m.), they raised $45,500 of their $60,000 goal.

Piggot was raised in North Vancouver and has also worked with the Coast Guard, Lions Bay Search and Rescue and as a park ranger for the District of North Vancouver.

Visit rescuetherescuer.ca to learn more about the campaign.

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