Amy and Dave Dixon planned to celebrate their son’s life after losing him to cancer. They knew what food they were going to serve, but what happened next was unexpected.

FORT COLLINS, Colorado – The saying goes, food brings people together.

In the case of Amy and Dave Dixon, the food is used to honor such a loved one, their son Ben.

Ben, 11 years old, recently died after fighting for two years Ewing’s sarcoma, a form of cancer.

“He was really loved,” said Amy Dixon. “Especially when he started his battle with cancer, his story was connected to a lot of people and a lot of people wanted to know him afterwards.”

By the time Amy and Dave were planning Ben’s Celebration of Life event at the end of the month, they knew exactly what kind of food to serve; Sandwiches from his favorite place.

The cancer treatments prevented Ben from eating his favorite sandwiches Snack Attack Specialty Sandwiches and Brews in Fort Collins.

“He loved it and he always wanted to go, but we couldn’t let him go,” Amy said.

Co-owner Lauren and Shawn Storeby were once neighbors to Amy and Dave.

“I wrote to Lauren asking how much it would cost 300 sandwiches, asked if they could do that. And she said we could absolutely do it, “said Amy.

She was blown away by the reaction of the locally run shop.

“I said we will, but I won’t make you an offer. We will take care of it and the community will fund it for you because that is exactly what we do. Said Lauren Storeby.

The Storeby’s have gone one step further start a GoFundMe with a goal of $ 1,500 to raise money for the sandwiches, but the store is also accepting donations at the checkout and online.

By Sunday afternoon, the store had raised more than $ 3,000 in total.

“We had to do something,” said Shawn Storeby. “That was our goal to make them known and to show them that there are other people out there and that they are not alone.”

Amy and Dave said they were naturally grateful for the generosity of the community.

“The Fort Collins-Loveland community has always been just great for us,” said Amy. “It’s too much for a family. So – I mean anything we get beyond the sandwiches, which we will absolutely do well. “Use in the community.”

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