Large crowds coming out to support Normangee's football home team is normal.
However, the gathering that formed inside the cafeteria of the Normangee Independent School District was to show support for a member of head football coach Brian Mullinnix's personal home team. Mullinnix's son Mark, 12, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor this past May.
"I pretty much went into shock and couldn't standup," Mullinnix said.
The coach says doctors were able to remove the majority of the tumor and Mark was able to come home. Grateful, Coach Mullinnix is now coming to terms with paying some of the medical bills.
Hoping she could help, co-worker Sydney Traylor came up with a game plan to help raise money.
"In the past we've had a couple of other fund raisers," Traylor said. "And I thought we'll make it in the middle of the summer and we'll make it when everybody can be there."
People from Normangee, Franklin, and across the Brazos Valley showed up to for barbecue plates, fun, and a live auction.
"People knew that we were having an auction...they've come out of the wood work," Traylor said. "It is just wonderful."
Items that were donated ranged from an autographed helmet from Texas A&M University head football coach Dennis Franchione to a Houston Astros autographed bat. Everyone was generous in their donations.
"I think it says a lot for a small community, how everyone comes together and does whatever it takes to help this family through a situation," Zajac said.
Mark is going through more treatment, so more bills will be coming and Coach Mullinnix says he is detemined to pay them all.
"I don't care how much it is," Mullinnix said. "I'll pay it for the rest of my life and be satisfied because I believe they saved his life."
Whatever that price, the Mullinnixes know exactly where their support will come for. Saturday's fundraiser raised $36,475.
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