‘Team Cory’ Hosts Brisket Fundraiser to Help San Angelo Family

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by Matt McDaniel

Jan 27, 2014

Team Cory is comprised of friends, family and coworkers of the Tounget family that want to help the baby recover. (LIVE! Photo by Matt McDaniel)
Team Cory is comprised of friends, family and coworkers of the Tounget family that want to help the baby recover. (LIVE! Photo by Matt McDaniel)
In Brief: 
  • A fundraiser was held Saturday to benefit Cory Tounget
  • Cory is undergoing treatment for transverse myelitis in Ft. Worth
  • Cory will be six-months old Feb. 2.

The appetizing smell of brisket is in the air and soft country music plays in the background while 'Team Cory' mans the kitchen in the Fellowship Hall of Calvary Baptist Church on Armstrong Street, as the fundraiser to benefit Cory Tounget gets under way.

The group prepared a brisket meal, with all the trimmings, and hoped to serve 350 people Saturday.

Team Cory is made up of family, friends, coworkers and friends of friends, who have banded together to help the Tounget family.

Five-month-old Cory is the son of Samantha and Matt Tounget of San Angelo.

Cory was admitted to Shannon Hospital, where the medical team worked for several days to determine what was afflicting the child.

After making a diagnosis of transverse myelitis, a neurologic disorder caused by inflammation of the spinal cord, Cory was moved to Ft. Worth, and currently is under treatment at Cook Children’s Hospital.

Dale Montgomery is Cory’s Grandfather, and drove to San Angelo for the event from Ft. Worth, where he has been keeping vigil with the rest of the family.

He said Cory’s parents have been staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Ft. Worth while the baby receives treatment.

Montgomery reports that the medical staff at Cook Children’s Hospital is hoping to send the Tounget family back to San Angelo next week, where they can continue Cory’s treatments from the comfort of their own home.

“He’s making progress, and the doctors there seemed pleased with the improvements he has been making,” Montgomery said.

Montgomery expressed the family’s deep gratitude to the institutions involved in helping the young family. “The staff at Shannon Hospital, Cook Children’s Hospital, and people from Ronald McDonald House has bent over backward to help this family,” he said.

Cory’s grandfather also spoke about the role social media has played in helping the family build a massive prayer team.

“Cory, Matt and Sam, and the whole family are on prayer lists everywhere from California to Massachusetts and North Dakota, and around the world really, thanks to friends from all over who have shared the story. We’ve gotten notes back saying ‘Your grandson is on our prayer list’ and it’s fantastic to know that people you’ve never met , and will never meet in your life probably, have taken time to stop and pray for God’s intervention,” Montgomery said.

Planning for the brisket fundraiser began the day Cory went into Shannon Hospital.

Sabrina Meares is Samantha Tounget’s best friend, and spearheaded the effort. She talked about things that Team Cory have done to help raise money in addition to the luncheon.

“We have a page on gofundme.com where people can donate money, and we also have an auction where we are selling handcrafted items donated by Busy B’s Wood Works,” she said.

Steven Spencer, owner of Texas Country DJ, donated his time to provide music for the event and said he likes to be able to lend a hand. “I enjoy helping others,” Spencer said. “And who knows, I may need help someday,” he added.

Donations for baby Cory may be made at: http://www.gofundme.com/69t6b0


Team Cory and Ronald McDonald House

The Ronald McDonald House by Cook Children's Hospital asks families staying there to make a modest payment toward their stay if they can afford it. Pull tabs from aluminum beverage cans can be turned in there to help offset the cost. Calvary Lutheran Church has been collecting them for years. We'll ask that the next batch turned in be credited to the Tounget family. Everyone is welcome to drop off pull tabs at Calvary Lutheran on College Hills Blvd.