Community fundraiser supports family after losing daughter to DIPG

SAUGATUCK, Mich. — Family, friends and coworkers came together this weekend to support a family who lost their daughter last week.

Seven-year-old Avery Betts died from diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, a rare form of brain cancer, last week.

This weekend, loved ones of the family helped raise money to support the Betts family with a car wash.

They say it's the least they can do.

Avery's dad, Mike Betts, is a captain with the Saugatuck Fire Department. Departments from all over Allegan and Ottawa counties came out to get a car wash and donate some money in the process.

There was a $10 minimum donation. Most people went way over.

One 11-year-old girl gave her $10 in allowance money to organizer Erin Wilkinson. Wilkinson admits that made her tear up.

Wilkinson decided to organize the event a few months back, to raise funds for DIPG trials and treatment for Avery.

“When we planned it, we hoped that she would be here. Her condition took a pretty quick turn,” Wilkinson said.

Avery died a week ago.

The entire Saugatuck community is coming together to support this family during their time of need.

If you'd like to make a donation, visit the Betts Strong website.

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  • Erin Wilkinson

    Thank you for helping to raise awareness for DIPG and support for our extended paramedic and firefighter Betts Strong Family! All of their coworkers at STFD and AMR, as well as the community at large love them and the contributions they make to bettering our lives! No family deserves support more than the Betts family!

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