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(WBIR) Knoxville Firefighters spent Saturday afternoon helping support a member of their family.

KFD held a barbecue fundraiser outside their downtown headquarters in hopes of raising money to help pay medical expenses for the family of Captain Frank Mallory.

Mallory's 15-year-old daughter, Brooke, has autism and has been undergoing monthly blood plasma treatments in New Jersey and Florida.

Brooke's mother, Tara, said the treatments end up being around $4,000 each month...costs which insurance doesn't cover.

Saturday's event also gave the community a chance to celebrate National Autism Awareness Month, which takes place every April.

"It's a great opportunity for people to also ask questions about autism, gain some understanding about autism, and just some compassion for the kids that have special needs," Tara Mallory said.

Brooke's family has set up a website to learn more about her treatments (becomingbrooke.net), and an online fundraiser where you can help donate money.

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