Community holds benefit for father and daughter battling cancer

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NORRIS, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A benefit carnival at Norris Elementary School raised money Saturday for an Anderson County family going through a tough time. Five-year-old Avery Baker is battling leukemia. Her father, Chuck, has Hodgkin's lymphoma.

"I don't know what I would do if my child and my husband were sick. I don't know how we would possibly be able to make it because it's hard to work during those times and devote yourself doing that. So I just want them to not have to worry about it for a little bit. Every dollar I can possibly get for them," said Amanda Parks, who organized the benefit.

"Team AC", which stands for Avery and Chuck, gathered to support the Bakers through silent auctions, raffles and food sales.

"We know the Baker family from her school. Noel is best friends with Avery. They go to school together and she'll go and visit Avery at the hospital and play with her. They walk around together and have a good time," said Mark Norstedt.

Noel wants Avery to know she's thinking about her:

"I hope you feel better!" she said.

The carnival featured something for everyone, from bounce houses to video games and cake walks.

"We thought we'd come up and spend the day. So I brought my daughter up here, she's having a good time and it's for a good cause. Doing what we can to help out," said David Lambert.

Organizers are grateful for everyone's support:

"It just lets me know that East Tennessee is the best place to be. That we all come together. When the family needs us, we're there," said Parks.

"Team AC" sends prayers and good wishes to the Baker family.

If you missed the carnival, you can still help out. Checks can be made out to Avery Baker/Team AC at Region's bank in Norris.

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