HUNTER residents turned out in their hundreds yesterday afternoon to support Corey Hawes and his family.
The loving husband and father of two was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last month and given only six months to live.
Despite the sudden shock Mr Hawes said he wanted to remain positive for his wife, Katrina, and children Riley, 7, and Maddison, 4.
More than 400 friends, family and neighbours came together at Maryland Community Centre to support the young family and raise money to assist them.
"It was an emotional day but it was absolutely amazing," Mr Hawes told The Herald. "I'll never be able to thank everyone and never be able to put it into words how much this means to us."
A group of about eight ladies, calling themselves Corey's Angels, organised the mini festival.
There was live music, belly dancers, jumping castles, clowns, magicians and face painting to give the day a carnival atmosphere.
Mr Hawes said wanted to thank local businesses and the community for their "incredible support".
"It went far beyond what I'd have ever imagined," he said.
To help support Mr Hawes and his family you can visit Facebook page Corey Hawes Family Benefit Fun Day.