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By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ACREE, GA (WALB) - A Worth county teenager is dying of terminal cancer, but loved ones are doing all they can to help him and his family through this trying time.

Friends and family of 17-year-old Christopher Oates held a fundraiser Saturday at the Watering Hole in Acree.

They collected donations while people enjoyed the cookout and live music all afternoon.

Last week, doctors gave Oates 72 hours to live. Even though he's bedridden and under strong pain medication, his friends say he's a fighter, a wonderful person and they would do anything for him.

"It's for medical purposes and to get his parents back and forth from work along with other personal expenses," said their close family friend, Marsha Troutman.

Oates will remain in hospice care. Oates has a permanent epidural in his spine because the cancer has wrapped around his nerves creating a great deal of pain.

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