GREENE (WBNG) – A community is raising money for Tia Franklin, a local woman battling Lyme Disease. Over 300 people attended Saturday night’s ‘Pasta with a Purpose’ benefit.
Franklin was officially diagnosed in September and hasn’t been able to continue to work as a hairdresser at Studio Soho Salon due to her symptoms. As medical costs are beginning to take a toll on the family, Franklin’s aunt decided to host a benefit.
“Tia is my niece and her sister and I were talking about wanting to do something special because she is a wonderful person,” Heather Montgomery said.
At first, Franklin says she was reluctant to agree to the fundraiser.
“I was actually hesitant because I didn’t know if we deserved it,” Franklin said. “I never imagined so many people would come out to support our family but it just shows what a small community can do.”
Montgomery said it took just a month to organize the event which featured over 110 raffle baskets and a 50/50 auction.
“There was this outpouring of donations so we got all of the food donated to us,” Montgomery said.
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