Community embraces woman battling Neurofibromatosis

Amy Winn hugs friends who came out to her benefit held at the Elk's Lodge.

Many people came out in support of a beloved woman in the community who is battling a rare type of cancer.

Amy Winn has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments for Neurofibromatosis in Des Moines. Those close to her say, she's been battling the disease for about a year, and some of her friends wanted to organize a fundraiser to help alleviate some of the family's medical expenses.

Nearly 300 people came out to the Elks Lodge in Ottumwa for a free-will donation dinner. A silent auction and live raffle also are helping raise money for Winn's medical bills and travel costs.

â??We just decided we wanted to do something good for their family, so we got a group people together and we started reaching out to the community and it was really awesome seeing the hearts of people, all the donations that we got, but that's why we did it,â?? event organizer Matt Brandt said.

â??Weâ??re very thankful for the Elks for donating their facility and all the donations and support,â?? Mallory Sokol said.

Winn was seen there in a pink t-shirt embracing everyone who showed up with open arms.