Community rallies to help well known local man

Items were up for auction to raise money for John Baker

AWENDAW, S.C. (WCIV) - A well known local man is fighting for his life after being diagnosed with Lou Gherig's disease, but he has a wealth of support by his side.

John Baker was diagnosed just six weeks ago.{} He has lived in Awendaw for over 20 years and managed the Sewee Coastal Retreat which hosted many camps for kids.

Friends organized a benefit event Sunday at Awendaw Green to raise money that will help pay for Baker's medical costs.{} There was food, live music, and a silent auction to help raise money.{}

"The community has been great. It's amazing to hear all the stories about how many lives John has touched over the years, and he's just a great guy, the community has paid back amazingly," said family friend Mary Schultz, who has known Baker for seven years.

Shultz says they hope to raise $20,000 that will all go to the Baker family.