Fire Department Spaghetti Dinner SATURDAY | Survivor Anne Bagasao Lauds Support for Breast Cancer Research

South Pasadena resident and breast cancer survivor, moved by the effort, urges community to support the event

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | News | The South Pasadena Firefighter and Police Officer Associations are set to host a spaghetti dinner in support of breast cancer research. Anne Bagasao, a South Pasadena resident and breast cancer survivor, is urging the community to support the October 19 event

Full of gratitude, South Pasadena’s Anne Bagasao shared her good news while urging City Council members and the public to attend a spaghetti dinner presented by the South Pasadena Firefighter and Police Officer Associations on October 19 at the local fire station.

All proceeds go to breast cancer research.

Taking notice were a group of South Pasadena firefighters, standing in back of the council chambers during the early October council meeting wearing pink t-shirts in honor of October Breast Cancer Awareness month.

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PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | News | Pink breast cancer awareness shirts will be available for purchase

Bagasao, a 12-year breast cancer survivor, paid tribute to those making a stance against the deadly disease as she laid out the event’s details.

Slated from 4 to 7 p.m., tickets are available at the South Pasadena Fire Station, 817 Mound Avenue, for $7 for adults and $3 for children under 8 years old. They can also be purchased at the door.

On the day she addressed the council, Bagasao was pleased to note she had received “a clean bill of health” of breast cancer before thanking the South Pasadena fire and police department officials for hosting the dinner, which will see all proceeds benefit the City of Hope Breast Cancer Research and Treatment Foundation.

“I appreciate you and the awareness you are raising,” she said from the podium inside the council chambers, turning to look at the firefighters clad in pink t-shirts in the back of the room.

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | News | The South Pasadena Fire Department will be hosting a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for breast cancer research

Bagasao is unable to attend the spaghetti dinner but said she will make a financial contribution.

Diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 42 and showing no symptoms “that they tell you about,” Bagasao stressed to councilmembers, “It’s very treatable if caught early.”

Seeing all the pink when she arrived filled her heart with appreciation. “When I walked in (to the council chambers) tonight I was just overwhelmed with gratitude because it was a very special day for me marking the 12th year,” she said. “I just got the news this afternoon on a clean bill of health.”

The event consists of a full spaghetti dinner with pasta, salad, ice cream and more.

Raffle tickets, to win prizes from local businesses at the dinner, will be on sale.

“Please support their dinner on the 19th,” said Bagasao.