Family thanks community as they continue to honor a young Central Texas girl

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WHITNEY, Texas (KWTX) A community continues to honor 10-year-old Lily Mae Avant, who died last Sunday in a Fort Worth hospital after contracting a rare brain-eating amoeba.

Saturday a benefit golf tournament and auction were held at the Sun Country RV Park in Whitney, all of the proceeds were donated to Lily's family.

"I never expected this, I mean everywhere you look there is blue in support for Lily," says her father John Crawson who was shocked by the support his daughter received.

"Lily would’ve loved it, she liked to be the center of attention," says Crawson.

The story of the fifth grader’s fight to survive circulated through news and social media across the U.S. and around the world.

The support is something Crawson says the family has needed, "it helps tremendously," he said.

"If we were alone right now I don’t know where we would be."

Crawson urges other parents to start using nose plugs when swimming in fresh bodies of water, and to support the Kyle Lewis Amoeba Awareness Foundation.

"If you are going to be in a fresh body of water, it’s really important for you to have nose plugs," says Crawson.

Raising awareness in honor of their daughter, who was gone too soon.

"She was my baby girl," says Crawson.

"We would cuddle up and we would love each other. She was an angel then and she’s an angel now," he said.