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Benefit hosted to help Auburndale football player

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MARSHFIELD (WAOW) -- Matthew Nikolay, a senior at Auburndale High School, was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Saturday, teammates, family and friends gathered at the Marshfield Fairgrounds to support Nikolay.

Visitors bought gear that had the word "RAGSTRONG" written across it. 'Rags' is Nikolay's nickname.

Hundreds of people played games and participated in raffles to raise money for the Nikolay family.

"It feels pretty special. It's not just the town of Auburndale either," explained Nikolay. "It's all the surrounding communities. For all the people to come together, it means a lot."

All money raised will go to fund Nikolay's cancer treatments.

Nikolay says, the next step is chemotherapy.

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