leukemia benefit

Several people came out to support Kaila Brewster at a fundraiser Saturday evening. Pictured, Jim Brewster fills a plate at the event.

The road to recovery has been a difficult one of Kaila Brewster since her diagnosis of chronic myeloid leukemia two years ago. However, thanks to the support of the local community, the burden is a bit lighter.

On Saturday, about 125 people came out for a fundraiser at the Lamar Point Volunteer Fire Department to help ease the financial burden of Brewster’s medical bills and living expenses.

Brewster requires a bone marrow transplant, followed by two weeks in the hospital and three to six months of recovery, her mother Brenda Storey said. The fundraiser managed to bring in about $6,600, not including additional funds raised by T-shirt sales.

“The community support means the world to us,” Storey said. “It’s heartwarming and humbling, and I’ve just been in awe at how generous the people have been.”

Storey said she was very pleased with how the auction went, which included items such as a jersey of former Dallas Cowboys player Emmitt Smith, books, gift cards to local businesses and more.

Stacey Martin, a friend of Brewster who was at the fundraiser, said she felt compelled to help.

“She’s a great person and always looking to help somebody,” Martin said. “It’s our turn to help her now.”

Tommy Culkin is a staff writer for The Paris News. He can be reached at 903-785-6972 or at tommy.culkin@theparisnews.com.

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