Community hosts fundraiser for Canton tornado survivors

KILGORE - Blake and Jennifer Altman survived a tornado during the Canton storm. To help with medical bills, friends are hosting a fundraiser at the Sand Bar in Kilgore.

Blake and his wife were traveling to Canton to dj at a wedding. When they arrived at the event, the storm had produced a tornado. 

The tornado ripped apart the building causing the Altman's to become trapped under debris. 

Jennifer received minor injuries but Blake had to be taken to the hospital. 

"I knew my foot was hurt but I had no idea of how damaged." Blake said. "I ended up losing my foot but I am thankful my wife safe."

Jim "Hambone" Shipp is a friend of the Altman's who organized the fundraiser. 

"When a close friend is hurt you do everything you can to help them." Shipp said.

If you would like to donate to the Altman's contact the Sand Bar at 903-984-6555.

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