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Framingham Officers, Firefighters Team Up to Raise Funds for Cancer at Taco Eating Event

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    Police officers competed against firefighters in Framingham, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, to see who could finish a two-pound taco first. The Battle of the Badges was to raise money for two boys battling cancer.

    (Published Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017)

    Police officers competed against firefighters in Framingham, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, to see who could finish a two-pound taco first. The Battle of the Badges was to raise money for two boys battling cancer.

    There was no shame taking down the 'belt buster' at Margarita's Mexican restaurant because all the money raised from the event went to 6-year-old's Devin Suau and Ismaeli Machado Viera Dasilva.

    Suau was diagnosed in January with a rare form of pediatric brain cancer that is inoperable. He watched the eating contest through FaceTime because he is at Boston Children's Hospital getting a second round of radiation.

    "It just shows us how much good there is in the world," said his dad, James Saua.

    Ismaeli Machado Viera Dasilva is also fighting childhood cancer. Organizers of the event said his parents are struggling to pay his rising medical bills.

    Framingham police officers and firefighters decided to do what they know how to do best — serving and protecting the community and eating.

    Qaiss Farazi and his fellow officers ended up winning the event and helping two young boys along the way.

    "It's all of our honor to be here and support such a great cause," said Farazi.

    More information on how to help can be found on the Framingham Police Department's Facebook page.

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