Hundreds of people attend a fundraiser for a special Wichita Falls man. The Elks Lodge hosted an evening for Jathan Fields. He was diagnosed in June with a malignant brain tumor.
This event was just one way family and friends came together to support a man, his wife and his three children.
Aroma of a delicious BBQ dinner filled Elks Lodge Sunday evening, but the hundreds who came out didn't come for the food but for a friend.
"I got tell you when you gather up to 400 folks in one room and they all came just for you, there's a lot of love," said Raymond Nipper, Elk.
You see the love through smiles and you could feel it through their warm embrace all because
of a man that touched their lives in one way or another.
"They are probably, in my opinion, one of the most well-rounded families in Wichita Falls," said Missy Seay, family friend.
Everyone inside seemed to agree.
"I'm in awe," said Keli Fields, Jathan's wife. She say it's the people that keep the family moving forward during this difficult time.
"It's Gods hand and heart through all of our friends that have come to support us and it's just amazing," said Keli.
The sudden brain tumor was found in June after Jathan stared feeling off-balance and then a seizure came. Since then he's been in and out of MD Anderson in Houston. Because everyone knows how much of a financial burden cancer can be less than two months ago they started planning a dinner and an auction to raise money.
"It's wonderful to have so many people support our family and just know they love our family as much as they do," said Shannah Blankenship, Jathan's sister.
"Man it's like a homecoming, reunion, all wrapped, into one!" said Jathan Fields.
For those wishing to help the family financially the bank is on Stone Lake cross from the Family YMCA. The account is under "Fields of Hope."