Firefighters raise $800 for Knights-Kaderli through apparel sale

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 21 November 2021 at 8:38 am

Photo by Ginny Kropf: Mary Kaderli, left, accepts a check for $800 for the Knights-Kaderi Fund from East Shelby Fire Chief Debbie Taylor. Taylor solicited donations across the county selling sweatshirts, hoodies and t-shirts with emergency responder logos on.

EAST SHELBY – When the Knights-Kaderli walk-run was approaching, East Shelby Fire Chief Debbie Taylor wanted to do something to help.

She contacted all the fire departments in Orleans County and asked their permission to put their logo on wearing apparel.

The started advertising them for sale, and little more than a month later, she had collected $800.

On Tuesday morning, Taylor presented an $800 check to Mary Zelazny, daughter of Sue Kaderli, one of the cancer victims for whom the fund is named. The fund assists Orleans County families who are battling cancer.

“I didn’t know how it would pan out, and I’m glad it ended up great,” Taylor said.

She handed Zelazny the check, each of them wearing their hooded sweatshirt.

“Donations like this really help big time,” Zelazny said. “We really appreciate this. Firefighters really look out for people in their community.”

Taylor said many people who aren’t firefighters supported the cause by buying apparel, and for that she was grateful.