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Stevi B's raises $1,000 for Woodstock family

Stevi B's raises $1,000 for Woodstock family

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Stevi B's Pizza Buffet in Woodstock and Canton recently hosted a week long fundraiser to benefit the Chenault family of Woodstock.

The Chenaults' Woodstock home was destroyed in a tragic fire in May 2013. Stevi B's customers raised a total of $1,000 for the family to help them rebuild their lives.

Stevi B's would like to thank both the Rose Creek Publix and Ingles for each donating a cake for the fundraiser. Butterfly Jones, a local clown, donated her time to come out during the week and entertain the kids eating at Stevi B’s. A special thanks to the Cherokee County firefighters at Station 24 who brought out one of their trucks for the kids to see as well as ate at the restaurant.

Visit the Georgia Mountains

Visit the Georgia Mountains

Have you ever driven through the Georgia Mountains? It is an amazing experience. The drive to Helen through the mountains is breath taking. You have to be comfortable driving around curves and getting a little light headed now and then, but the view is picture perfect every single mile. Then once you get down to Helen, make sure to take your appetite with you because the food is delicious and the sceneray is a place you want to make sure you take in. 

The last time I went down to Helen we went Horse Back Riding and Tubing. The tubing was even $5. Fun for $5. That is what I always look for, or free if I can get it. 

In addition to Helen,there are literally hundreds of awesome spots in the North Ga. Mountains that so few people know about. Small Ma & Pop owned diners, cabin rentals, specialty campgrounds and much more. Stop by and see what to do in the North Ga Mountains.

Stevi B's hosts week-long benefit for Woodstock family

Stevi B's hosts week-long benefit for Woodstock family

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Stevi B's Pizza Buffet in Canton and Woodstock are once again coming to the aid of a local family in need.

Grace's Closet helps foster families help their kids

Grace's Closet helps foster families help their kids

CANTON, Ga. -- When Misty Barry was recruited as a foster parent, she had no idea of the multiple challenges she will face in serving and supporting her foster kids. As a foster parent, she knew she was expected to arrange and transport children to medical appointments, mental health counseling sessions and court hearings, advocate on behalf of their foster kids at school and arrange visits with birth parents and caseworkers. However, one thing she was not expecting was having to pay for haircuts, buy clothes, school supplies, diapers, baby formulas and pay for extracurricular activities with her own money.

Classic car show to benefit Canine Adoption Network

Classic car show to benefit Canine Adoption Network

CUMMING, Ga. -- The Georgia Canine Adoption Network will hold a benefit car show later this month.

Cars for Canines will be held Saturday, Apr. 28 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Rucker Pet & Wild Bird.

In addition to classic cars, the show will feature food, shopping and plenty of fun for pets and pet owners alike.

Rucker Pet & Wild Bird is located at 5456 Bethelview Road in Cumming.

Cherokee County-based Georgia Canine Adoption Network helps homeless and abused animals get healthy and connect with loving families. Learn more at canineadoptionnetwork.org.

Canton girl nicknames kidney after mom

Canton girl nicknames kidney after mom

CANTON, Ga. -- March 28 is Lilly Grace's birthday, and it's all made possible by Millie, the nickname she gave her kidney. 

Lilly Grace and 6-year-old sister Maggie both have a rare genetic disease called Cystinosis. Their mom pulled out a pile of paperwork to try to explain it.

"We didn't know what it was before Lilly Grace was diagnosed. Most doctors don't. We have to explain it to them," Ashley Haynes said.

The sisters are used to explaining it to other kids.

"I sort of just tell them I have a disease that makes me be sort of different," Lilly Grace said. 

"My kidney is worse than anybody else and I have to take lots of medicine," Maggie adds.

It means the lunch boxes that are color coordinated with their backpacks are really medical kits. They have multiple prescriptions they have to take every six or 12 hours.

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

ATLANTA -- Eight year old Ava Bullard is playing with her sisters, riding their bikes on their long country driveway. It is a simple act that defies those who said she would never talk, those who said she wouldn't function in the real world.

Ava was not a typical baby, or toddler.

Her mother Anna says, "You couldn't interact with her."

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Ava did not play with toys. Did not speak. Could not dress herself. Did not interact with her parents or sisters. Slept two hours a night. She was in her own world.

Anna says, "It's like she looked straight through me. She would just...it's like you weren't there, if you were in the room with her."

Anna Bullard took Ava from doctor to doctor for months. One doctor told the family Ava was 'just weird.'