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Benefit in Peterson raises $7,000 for cancer patient


A Peterson native battling brain cancer received a big boost of support from a cafe in her hometown Wednesday night.

Approximately $7,000 was donated in support of Tracey Auman during the benefit at Burdey's Cafe. Auman was diagnosed with brain cancer last month and has been unable to work since the diagnosis.

More than 350 people dropped by  to donate and leave cards for Auman in return for a plate of ham or spaghetti. The Aumans had no hand in setting up the benefit and were stunned with how many people decided to come and help.

"It's a little overwhelming," said Trevor Auman, Tracey's husband. "One of the really nice things about living in a small town like this is the sense of community we've had ever since this has happened. The people that have come to help us out and talk with us have been amazing."

Auman said more people showed up in the first hour of the four hour benefit than he expected to come for the whole event.

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