• Troutman community rallies around sick father

    By: Brittney Johnson


    The Troutman community is coming together to raise money for a father battling an incurable form of cancer.

    Milton Tucker has undergone chemotherapy and had a tumor removed from his knee since being diagnosed with an undifferentiated sarcoma in January.

    The illness and treatment have made the lifelong farmer and father of three too weak to work.

    His wife, Jennifer, has stepped away from teaching to take care of him.

    Jennifer Tucker told Eyewitness News they’re incredibly grateful for the ways their community members are supporting them.

    They’ve rallied together to raise money for the family with a full day of fundraisers planned for Saturday.

    Volunteers held a yard sale from 7 until 10 a.m.

    Following the yard sale, there were several other events and activities including an auction, a petting zoo and bounce houses for kids.

    Local businesses, community members and Ostwalt Baptist Church worked together to support the Tuckers. They’re hoping to raise $20,000 to help the family cover expenses during this tough time.

    The events were held at Troutman ESC Park at 338 North Avenue. They started at 7 a.m. and will end around 2 p.m.

    The Tuckers say the outpouring of support has been uplifting.

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