Community comes together to help family of young woman with brain tumor

13News Now Niko Clemmons has the story

POQUOSON, VA. (WVEC) -- One local community is coming together to help out one of their own.

25-year-old Kellyn Dunn was diagnosed with a brain tumor last year. Now the Poquoson community is donating money to help the family pay for surgery.

Dunn's step-father George Hamman and her mother Marie are overwhelmed.

“It's so completely overwhelming it's no words,” Hamman says.

For the last several months, the avid gamer and runner has experienced the effects of the tumor, from seizures to slurred speech. Some days Dunn can't even get out of the bed, like today.

Her step-dad had to speak for her.

“There's a lot of unknowns that are frightening for us,” Hamman says.

Hamman says they kept this news a secret for a while, but when they made the news about Kellyn public just last week, the response was overwhelming.

“It's a huge wonderful community,” Hamman says. “It feels huge. I know it's a smaller community but right now it feels huge.”

In just three days, more than $10,000 dollars has been raised for the family to help pay for a surgery in August. From people in Poquoson, to those who don't even know Dunn.

“We tend to always do that around here,” Hamman says. “This is not by no means the first person in the community to have a need and people step up to help.”

Hamman says the future is uncertain for their daughter, but with the support of the community, and as a family, they're going to remain positive.

If you would like to donate to Kellyn head to https://www.gofundme.com/kellynheller.


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