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Hundreds of people turn out at fundraiser for St. Lucie County family battling glioblastoma

Posted at 11:43 PM, May 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-10 04:23:03-04

The cost of cancer isn’t cheap. But Wednesday night, the Fort Pierce community came together to help raise money for a local family battling glioblastoma, a deadly form of brain cancer.

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Mark Cunningham was diagnosed with the disease in 2016.

Since then, his family has gone into tens of thousands of dollars of debt, seeking the best possible care and treatments for Mark.

Hundreds of people turned out at Big Apple Pizza in Fort Pierce, including friends and family of the Cunningham's, members of the St. Lucie County glioblastoma support group, and local and state elected leaders.

“I can’t believe the outpouring of support from the community, it’s awesome,” said Kim Hart, whose mother is also battling glioblastoma.

Her family knows first-hand the financial burden cancer puts on a family.

“And Stephanie’s not working and Mark’s not working,” Hart said. “It takes a toll on the entire family and finances.”

About $10,000 was raised through proceeds from Big Apple Pizza, a silent auction and raffle.

That money will help Mark continue his fight.

“More treatments for Mark without worrying about what it’s going to cost,” Hart hoped.

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