Lunch Fundraiser To Benefit Family

Hundreds of folks have stepped to the "plate" hoping to help an East Texas boy in need.

Nearly a thousand people showed up over the last two days at the Outback in Tyler.  They were there for a special lunch benefiting a 6-year-old autistic boy.

Chase Miller has lived with immune deficiency disorder and autism nearly all his life.  Doctors say a bone marrow transplant could help cure him, but it the surgery is not covered by insurance.

To get started the family needs to raise $25,000.  Chase's father says it's something their son deserves.

"We look at him as a normal kid, but he does have special needs," he said  "All we can do is love him and take care of him and do what we can to help him be a normal kid."

Between lunch Friday and Saturday and a silent auction... The family raised over $5,000.  If you missed out on the lunch you can still help.

There are a couple of ways to do that, first you can make a donation to "The East Texas Transplant Fund" just mail your check to P.O Box 155056  Lufkin, Texas 75915.   You can also go to any Austin Bank location, just ask for the Chase Miller fund.

Chris Gibson, reporting