Estill community raises money to support former baseball player battling cancer

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A former Estill County High School baseball player is fighting for his life as he battles brain cancer, and residents in the community are lending a helping hand.

“He’s just a great kid. He’s just a wonderful kid. He doesn’t do anything wrong,” said Kristi Crowe, wife of the high school’s head baseball coach, Brian Crowe.

Last month 19-year-old Austin Dunn was diagnosed with brain cancer.

“He has tumors on his brain plus he has cancer in his nasal cavities. We just want to try get him somewhere that can help him,” said Crowe.

Austin has a rare form of cancer, and doctors are doing biopsies to pinpoint the correct diagnosis. However, Austin’s former baseball teammate, Brent Wainscott, said Austin is remaining strong.

“He’s a soldier about it. He doesn’t really like to talk about it, which is understandable. But he know’s what he has to do. His faith has helped a lot.”

Right now Austin is at UK Hospital, where he has gone through a round of radiation. He starts chemotherapy on Monday. To help with medical expenses, residents have hosted a number of fundraisers that included selling t-shirts and trees. Last week, they put on a road-block that raised over $7,000.

“There’s a lot of people in this community that really love Austin. We will do about anything that we can to help him and his mother because they’re wonderful people,” said Crowe.

For those who wish to make a donation, an account called Austin Dunn’s Benefit has been set up at Citizen’s Guaranty Bank.

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