Community rallies support for sick girl

A barbecue fundraiser is planned to help the family of a 5-year-old girl who has been diagnosed with a terminal form of brain cancer.

The family of Baylor Nichols received word in April that the little girl, from Brooksville, has a form of brain cancer known as Diffuse Instrinsic Pontine Gliomas.

To add to that devastating news, the girl’s parents, Donnie and Carly, were informed that the cancer is life-threatening and they only may have one year left with their daughter.

Baylor has undergone radiation therapy and two surgeries. She also is participating in a clinical trial at Children’s National Hospital in Washington D.C.

The community support has been strong, Carly said.

She said it provides “a great overwhelming sense of comfort to know that there’s so many wonderful people who care and are very selfless.”

Besides supporting the family emotionally, a barbecue is planned to generate some financial help for them, too.

The American Eagle Antique Mall is hosting the benefit on Nov. 3 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at 14232 Seventh St., in Dade City.

Patrons can purchase a meal for $10, consisting of barbecue or baked chicken, beans, coleslaw, bread and tea.

A silent auction and a raffle will be held, and bracelets in various sizes will be sold for $3 each.

There also will be live music from Those Unscrupulous Sunspots and Cold Iron.

To find out more, to volunteer or to make a donation to the silent auction, please contact Thalia Stilson at (352) 521-3361.

Barbecue fundraiser
When: Nov. 3 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: American Eagle Antique Mall, 14232 Seventh St., in Dade City
Cost: Free admission
Details: The benefit will help Donnie and Carly Nichols, whose daughter, Baylor, was diagnosed with brain cancer.
Info: To donate toward the silent auction, to volunteer or to find out more, call Thalia Stilson at (352) 521-3361.

Published October 30, 2019

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