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      Community gathers to support Ishpeming man recovering from rare disorder

      The Marquette area community gathered Saturday to help an Ishpeming man recovering from a rare neurological disorder.

      Branden Billings, 28, held a fundraiser at Flanigan's Bar in Marquette to raise awareness for his disorder, Guillain-Barre, and to help raise money to cover hospital bills.

      Numerous local businesses donated prizes that were raffled off. The event also included a silent auction, a chili cook-off, and a karaoke contest.

      In May, Billings was stricken with the disorder, which paralyzed him from the neck down in a matter of days. After months of treatment, he is mobile and doing much better.

      Flanigan's was packed with friends, family, nurses, and therapists, all to support Billings.

      "The support is indescribable, it's great," said Branden Billings. "It's the best feeling you can ever have."

      To learn more about Billings and his disorder, click here.