NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - An East Texas store owner's battle with cancer inspired one of his distributors to donate a $3,000 lawnmower for a raffle. Tuesday the raffle winner got a chance to meet the man whose life she's impacted.
Pike saw and tools severing East Texas since 1958 is a famous phrase heard on the radios across deep east Texas. Little do some of the listeners know, Pike and Saw Tools owner, David Lymbery, has been battling stage 4 melanoma caner since 2013. His treatments, trips to Houston and loads of hotel bills have been adding up ever since.
"It's been an up and down ride ever since, but Lords willing we're going to get through this," Lymbery said. "The results so far have been pretty good."
After hearing his story one of his loyal distributors, Hustler, decided to step in.
"David's a good guy, the one thing I've learned about David is he put other people ahead of himself," Rodney Robinson, Pike and Saw Tool general manager said. "This is away Hustler got together and returned the favor for all the good he does for Nacogdoches County."
"They came up with it on their own," Lymbery said. "The people at Hustler really jumped in and hit the ball out of the park on this. You could knock me over with a feather, I never expected this."
The store started selling raffle tickets to help with Lymbery's finances.
"It's so heartwarming, you don't expect people to go out of their way the way that they do," Lymbery said. "The out pouring has been huge."
Lisa Sebaugh, the winner of the raffle, said it wasn't about winning for her, it was about supporting a cause.
"I heard about David and his story and it touched me like cancer touches most of our families," Sebaugh said. "I thought it was for a wonderful cause so I bought a ticket. I think it's a wonderful thing. I think the community should do as much as they can to help."
For the community's support this store owner is thankful.
"Thank you, thank you, and God bless you," Lymbery, said.
During the raffle, the store sold tickets for $10.
All together they raised a little more than $6,000 for David's medical expenses.