Community supporting realtor recently diagnosed with cancer

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KING, N.C. -- A Stokes County community has donated more than $100,000 worth of items and goods for an auction to help a 31-year-old realtor recently diagnosed with cancer.

Tammy Chilton Burnette has spent 10 years helping families sell and find a home in King. She learned just before Christmas that she had rectal cancer.

Her brother, Matt Chilton, said she has spent the past 5 1/2 weeks at Duke undergoing radiation and chemotherapy. Part of her left lung was removed this week, and she is slated for more surgery in April.

When she was diagnosed, her husband was between jobs. New insurance labeled her cancer as a pre-existing condition, so insurance isn't paying.

So as the family started preparing for a mountain of bills, Christy Norton, a longtime friend of Tammy's, got the community together to help them climb that mountain.

"I knew when I took on this task--with the reputation of the Chilton family--that I would have no problem when I would go out to get these donations," Christy said.

Items in Saturday's auction include NASCAR memorabilia autographed by Dale Junior, furniture, appliances and even a rifle handmade for the U.S. Olympic Team in 2007.

An auction preview takes place at 10 a.m. at First Christian Church on Meadowbrook Drive. The auction will run from noon-3 p.m. A barbecue dinner with live music runs from 4-8 p.m. More than 1,500 pounds of food has been brought in for the dinner.

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