Benefit held for Newport boy who survived dog attack

Benefit held for Newport boy who survived dog attack


6 News Reporter

NEWPORT (WATE) - It has been nearly two months since a Cocke County boy was viciously attacked by two dogs near his home in Newport.

11-year-old Brandon Williams suffered major injuries in the attack. The most severe was when one of the dogs tore off both of his ears.

On Saturday, his community came together to help him heal.

The Brandon Williams Benefit started with a motorcycle ride with the Just Because Riders.

It ended up at Edgemont Elementary School in Newport with a ham dinner and auction.

The people who organized this benefit for Brandon did not know him before they decided to do this.

"We saw it on TV," said Melissa Goddard, one of the organizers. "He lives here in our area. We though it was terrible what happened to him."

Goddard says after she met Brandon she knew why she was prompted to help.

The cafeteria staff at Edgemont Elementary donated their time to cook and serve the food.

Hundreds of items were donated for the auction.

Brandon gave a glimpse into what was donated.

"A football helmet signed," he said. "Basketball signed by Pat Summit, and it's the Eagles that sent the football helmet, the Cosby Eagles."

Brandon spent a week in the hospital after the attack, and has been doing great since he returned home. He still has a long road in front of him.

"He just got to heal for a year, and then see if there is possibly reconstruction," said Tony Williams, Brandon's dad. "If not it will be prosthetics."

Despite all of his challenges, Brandon continues to be one happy kid.
"Thanks for all the support," said Brandon.

500 people had pre-ordered ham dinners before the benefit. A trust has been set up in Brandon's name for future medical costs.

If you would like to help, visit this website that has been set up in Brandon's name or mail a donation to the Brandon Williams Trust at 344 West Broadway, Newport, TN 37821.

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