Stephen Garner is the 10th honoree by Cancer Ties (Source: WALB)
People in attendance are encouraged to wear decorative ties (Source: WALB)
The Cancer Ties event was held at Hasan Temple for the first time (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Hundreds of people came together Thursday night to support a young man in Albany who's battling cancer, a person close to the WALB family.
Thursday was the 10th annual Cancer Ties fundraiser.
In celebration, the previous nine honorees were honored along with this year's guest, Stephen Garner.
Garner gained inspiration by speaking to past fundraiser recipients as he battles testicular cancer that spread to other parts of his body.
"To see that people get on with their normal life even after going through trials and tribulations and after going through everything they've been through and see them up and walking around. It's motivation; it's very positive," said Garner.
There was a silent auction, dinner and live music Thursday night at the Hasan Temple.
The proceeds will benefit Garner, who is the son of two cancer survivors, his dad Mike and his mother Ruthie, a longtime WALB personality.
"They're a pretty unique family. They have a ton of people who love them and support them," explained Cancer Ties Executive Director Carrie Hutchinson.
It was an emotional night for Garner, who was diagnosed back in April.
He said it's been a long five months, and trying to describe that in Thursday evening's speech to his supporters was a tough task.
"I actually have not written a speech, imagine that," said Garner. "My teachers are probably not surprised by that, the ones I had in high school and college, but I figured by the time I get up there I'll know what to say."
And what he wanted to say most was thank you for all the support he has received.