Community yard sale benefits Grainger County boy, 5, fighting cancer

BEAN STATION (WATE) – A Grainger County community is rallying around a 5-year-old boy fighting stage four liver and lung cancer. Joshua John, 5, has been diagnosed with hepatoblastoma.

All evening Friday, October 23, and all day beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 24, there’s a yard sale to benefit Joshua’s family across from Holt’s IGA on Main Street in Bean Station.

Several individuals and businesses have donated towards the cause. Tonya Tustin was shopping at the sale Friday evening. She said she planned to pick up something for everyone she knows.

“Joshua is a very sweet little boy. I know he’s having a hard time right now. His parents are too,” Tustin said, saying it was important to her to support the cause.

“People have come in from five states. They’ve hauled [donations] in by truckloads,” explained organizer Cindy Grigsby.

Joshua’s mother Connie Lampkin is overwhelmed by the support.

“It’s just made this so much easier. It’s a scary nightmare,” Lampkin said.

Joshua John was out playing in the middle of the yard sale Friday night. He said he’d like to say thank you to the people who came out to help him. Joshua will also be getting a special visit from his favorite superhero Superman on Saturday.

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