AYER -- Jimmy Kilgore thought he had cancer kicked in the butt two years ago. Radiation, chemotherapy and holistic therapies did their jobs.

"By April 2016, I went into remission," he wrote on a fundraising page. "I continued with my life -- building houses, working hard, and even starting a family."

In March, the cancer returned, spreading from his heart to his lungs. It knocked the 32-year-old flat.

Instead of pampering the mother-to-be, his fiancee Carla Jacobson, the future father was in the hospital fighting a battle against angiosarcoma. Both parents were in Massachusetts General Hospital when their daughter was born.

The weeks before the baby was born were tough for the Ayer couple. "I was going back and forth every day," Jacobson said.

The hospital treated the Kilgore and Jacobson well. "They were awesome," she said. She was able to stay overnight when visiting.

Gwenyth Rose arrived Aug. 10.

On Aug. 12, the whole family was discharged. Kilgore had spent three weeks in the hospital. On Aug. 27, he was back in the hospital.

When he was no longer able to work, the wood worker, who grew up in Pepperell, reached out to friends and family for help. Not one to sit around, Kilgore makes wooden carvings, raffling them online.

His support network is going all out to help the young family. Almost $11,000 has come in so far from the raffles.

He and his family will benefit from an all-day Chicken Festival to Conquer Cancer.


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It will be held on Sept. 2 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Camp Massapoag, 234 Hall St., Dunstable.

A general admission ticket for $25 includes live music, swimming and lots of activities. Admission, two raffle tickets, and a chicken, hot dog or hamburger meal is $50. Kids' tickets are $5.

Tickets are available at JimmysChickenFest.eventbrite.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the door and people can bring their own alcoholic beverages.

Several days before the Chicken Fest, Jacobson said she expected 200 to 250 people. Her father, Robert Jacobson, was acting as the CEO for the fundraiser, she said.

A donation of any amount at www.generosity.com/medical-fundraising/carving-for-a-cure enters the purchaser in a biweekly raffle for one of Kilgore's carvings.

Money that is not used by the family will be donated to sarcoma cancer research.

Follow Anne O'Connor on Twitter @a1oconnor.