Jay Leno, supporters raise more than $30K for firefighter battling cancer
Nearly 500 people attended the performance to support a veteran firefighter who's battling cancer
By FireRescue1 Staff
NEWPORT, R.I. — A one-night-only show featuring Jay Leno raised more than $30,000 for a firefighter battling cancer.
WhatsUpNewp reported that nearly 500 people attended the performance at Jane Pickens Theater to support a veteran firefighter who's battling cancer. Leno, who has a new part-time home in Newport, heard about the unnamed firefighter's story and wanted to host a show to support the first responder.
The firefighter, who attended the event with his family and dozens of Newport firefighters, just began his third round of chemo, according to the report.
At the end of Leno's act, he asked all firefighters, police officers, nurses and other first responders in the room to stand up as the audience gave them a round of applause.
"What a wonderful memorable evening," Kathy Staab, owner of Jane Pickens Theater said. "Many thanks to Jay Leno for helping us raise over $30,000 to help a local firefighter."
After the event, Leno spent time with the firefighter and his family.
Thank you to everyone who came out for An Evening with Jay Leno last night. It was an incredible night of laughter and community. We’re still tallying it up, but your support last night raised more than $30kfor the Newport firefighter who is battling cancer. pic.twitter.com/Clp615iCU5— What's Up Newp (@WhatsUpNewp) October 4, 2019