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Firefighters offer to match donations for girl suffering from cancer 

Maddy Gonzalez, cancer treatments

Maddy Gonzales splits her time between Paso Robles and week-long stays at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara. Courtesy photo.

Paso Robles Professional Firefighters Union announced Friday a community fundraising challenge to raise money for a local girl fighting cancer.

Paso Robles native, six-year-old Madelyn Gonzales, was recently diagnosed lymphocytic leukemia, a type of blood cancer most often seen in children. Maddy and her family have been traveling each week to Cottage hospital in Santa Barbara for her treatment, which has placed an added financial burden on the family.

The local community has generously donated money to the family, and this additional money has helped pay for travel expenses and for special toys or movies to help Maddy deal with the brutal treatments ahead. Unfortunately, last Thursday, Feb. 6, two unknown people walked into a local business and stole the donation jar containing money for Maddy. Although they have not yet been identified, it is hard to imagine anyone stealing money from a child fighting cancer.

Upon hearing the news of the theft, the Paso Robles Professional Firefighters Union Local 4148 gathered and decided that they will match every dollar donated to the Gonzales family up to $500. For anyone wishing to accept the firefighters’ challenge and help support Madelyn throughout this difficult time, donations can be made at Bronco Burger restaurant located at Union road and Golden Hill road.

For more information regarding Paso Robles Professional Firefighters Union Local 4148 matching donation, please contact Robert Smith at

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