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Community supports man with ALS at David's Day

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WHITEHOUSE (KYTX) - A Whitehouse man battling a debilitating disease has 25,000 reasons to be thankful tonight, after the community he lives in showed up to help him fight Lou Gehrig's Disease.

What David's Day meant, and how it's bringing hope to the family.

Hundreds of people packed into Whitehouse Stadium Saturday morning for David's Day.

"Awesome, way more than I expected," says David Basking.

An event held to help David Baskin, who has ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease.

He was diagnosed in 2010.

"It's just incredible to think when someone is in need, anything for that matter, how the community comes together like this," says Keri Baskin, David's wife.

The community coming together to celebrate hope, have a little fun with the family, and meet David.

"Daily I get questions, 'what can we do to help the family?' says family friend Ashley Whitman.

Whitman works with Keri Baskin, David's wife, as a teacher in Whitehouse.

She helped put the event together.

"Such a dark disease and we just wanted to have a great day to just bring a lot of hope," says Whitman.

Hope through a donation of more than $25,000 to the Baskin family.

Money that will help pay for equipment David needs everyday and medical bills.

Giving them the a true feeling of the day, "Where Hope is Alive" And raising awareness for ALS, and the families dealing with it.

"I think the most heartwarming thing to me today was to see other ALS patients come and to meet the Baskin's and talk to somebody who has that in common with them," says Whitman.

"We'll never be able to find exact words to show our total gratitude, but know it has impacted our lives forever," says Keri.

Another $6,000 was raised just today at David's Day to give to the family in addition to that big check.

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