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Community steps up to support newborn with health issues

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A North Texas family whose newborn faces a serious health condition is getting support in a way they never expected.

The baby boy's dad is a firefighter, and the Tarrant County community he has served for years is ready to return the favor.

Hunter Gage, 3 weeks old, is in the neonatal intensive care unit at Cook Children's Hospital, and likely won't be home before March.

"He had three surgeries in the first three days of his life," said the boy's mom, Brandi.

Just after Gage was born, doctors discovered a serious problem with his small intestine, and he will likely need a transplant.

Thursday, a lunch straight from the grill of a local food truck was all part of the outpouring of support for the baby, along with a host of friends at the White Settlement Fire Department, where Gage's dad is a lieutenant.

Trevor Gage has dedicated six years to helping save lives, and now, his department is helping in the medical fight to save his baby boy.

More heart wrenching is that his parents say the medication sustaining Gage will damage his liver, and he may need a liver transplant as well.

Through it all, his parents cherish each moment

"When we're there, the nurses tell us he's just wide awake," said Brandi. "He's alert, he knows all of our voices and he's just a precious little boy."

There's a fundraiser going on Thursday night to help the Gages called Hope for Hunter. It's taking place from 6 to 10 p.m. at Jake's Restaurant, located at 6333 Camp Bowie Boulevard in Fort Worth.

A portion of every dollar spent there during the fundraiser will assist the family with mounting medical expenses.

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