NAVARRE, Fla. (WKRG) –The community has rallied together to show support for a young Santa Rosa County deputy who’s battling an aggressive cancer.
Deputy Nic Hubbard is only 25-years-old and he has been with the sheriff’s office for just about a year and a half. In May, he was diagnosed with Stage III Hodgkin’s Lymphoma which affects lymph nodes and as it progresses, it can limit the body’s ability to fight off infection. He thought it went into remission but it has gotten worse. Now Hubbard, his wife Lauren and their one-year-old son Logan are staying at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore while he goes through a clinical trial.
“It hit him pretty hard so he’s in a pretty serious fight right now,” Patrol Captain Jason Erlemann said.
Robert Lewis and many others came through Dewey Destin’s Seafood Restaurant in Navarre Tuesday night. They bought raffle tickets and the proceeds will help Hubbard and his family.
“It’s a tragedy that he has cancer and I’m here to help support and that’s the least I can do,” Lewis said. “I pray for his family.”
Ray White is helping get the word out making sure many businesses have raffle tickets to sell.
“I can’t possibly imagine what young Deputy Hubbard is going through,” White said. “It’s heart-wrenching.”
The raffle tickets are for a 9mm handgun from Gulf Coast Gun and the winner will be drawn February 14. White is working on more raffles for a chance to go to upcoming concerts in our area including the Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett.
Capt. Erlemann says they support their brother and are ready for him to return.
“He’s a military veteran,” Erlemann said. “So am I. A lot of us are here at the sheriff’s office. Very solid guy and we look for great things from him when he comes back strong.”
In eight months, more than $18,000 has been raised through GoFundMe.
Raffle tickets can also be purchased at the sheriff’s office in Milton, East River Smokehouse, Broussard’s, Scooter’s, Windjammers, Where Y’at Seafood Market, Aloha Grill and The Tool Shack. Tickets are $10 each or three for $20.
There will also be a First Responders Appreciation Lunch April 6 at the Best Western pavilion next to Dewey Destin’s in Navarre and they plan to raise money for Hubbard at that event.