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Community rallies together to help a man with cancer battle

In March, Scott Sumner was diagnosed with kidney cancer after going to the doctor for the flu. (Source: WALB) In March, Scott Sumner was diagnosed with kidney cancer after going to the doctor for the flu. (Source: WALB)
Scott Sumner was told he needed immediately surgery to remove a kidney in order to stay alive. (Source: Sumner family) Scott Sumner was told he needed immediately surgery to remove a kidney in order to stay alive. (Source: Sumner family)
Billy Joe's Pool Hall was filled with people all day Saturday in support of Scoot Sumner and his family. (Source: WALB) Billy Joe's Pool Hall was filled with people all day Saturday in support of Scoot Sumner and his family. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A community continues rallying around a South Georgia family, just months after doctors diagnosed Scott Sumner with kidney cancer.

One tragedy after another, the Sumner family feels at peace now thanks to support from a large group of neighbors. 

"I got family, kids, grand kids, you know it was a shocker," said Scott Sumner, Kidney cancer survivor:.  

That's how Scott Sumner felt back in March, when he went to the doctor for the flu. 

"I just got sick, thought it was the normal cold and it kept getting worse and worse," said Sumner.   

His life changed instantly when a deadly diagnoses followed his flu case.

"I went to the doctor, that's how they found the cancer. Didn't even know I had it," said Sumner.  

This father of five and grandfather of nine, has kidney cancer. 

In order to live, he needed a surgery that left his family with a large medical bill.

That forced his loved ones to jump in to hold a fundraiser. 

"I think the community stood strong for him. They stood very strong for him today," said Camie Bence, Owner of Billy Joe's.  

Saturday people filled Billy Joe's Pool hall, a place Sumner often ends up for all things he loves.

A bike show, live band, and food. All in support of his journey. 

"Just without them, we wouldn't be able to go through it," said Sherri Sumner, wife to Scott. 

Although the Sumners are still on this rough road, the thousands of dollars raised and endless support, has given Sumner a new perspective, to encourage others. 

"Why quit? I'm still standing. Why quit? Never give up," said Sumner. 

As of Saturday, Sumner is said to be 80 percent back to his original self. 

Next week, he will return for a full week of work after being out for two months. 

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