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Thousands expected to Attend Benefit for a Bonham Teacher Fighting Cancer

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BONHAM, TEXAS--Emily Gibbs, a school teacher at Headstart in Bonham, is fighting ewing sarcoma, a rare bone cancer.

Emily received the diagnosis in December and has undergone over 600 hours of chemotherapy in recent months.  A mother of two, Gibbs is fighting hard to maintain her household, but the medical bills are pilling up.  That's why her local community, friends and family are stepping up to help raise money to foot the growing stack of bills.

Tonight, her friends are hosting a third benefit for Gibbs with 6 live bands at the VFW in Bonham.  Dancing, food, and drinks are available along with benefit t-shirts, necklaces and more.

Her community has already raised around $25,000 dollars but tonight, they hope to add to numbers expecting around 1,500 to 2,000 people to attend the live band benefit.  "We have a facebook page.  People are coming tonight from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, people we don't even know," says Joe Merworth, a family friend.

The response has been phenomenal in the first two days the t-shirts were ordered, they were sold out.  More t-shirts were ordered and are available at the benefit and through Facebook.  If you would like to help, you can donate by logging onto Facebook (the link is below).  Tonight's event lasts until 1 a.m.

Christina Lusby, Reports.