A local man who served his country in the U.S. Navy, and protected his community as a police officer, is now battling for his life.
Thomas McKenna, 57, was recently diagnosed with stage four cancer, and his family is in need of help.
"God knows, you need every friend you can get," McKenna said."
It was a month ago when McKenna went to the emergency room because he couldn't breath. He learned that he had both lung and colon cancer, and has been in and out of the hospital ever since. His medical bills are piling up.
So on Sunday, a benefit raffle was held at Sparrow's Landing in Flour Bluff. McKenna said he is grateful for all the support.
"People at the restaurant here don't know me, but they are going out of their way to help me," McKenna said. "I appreciate that more than anything else in the world."
McKenna served 16 years in the U.S. Navy and 19 years as a police officer at Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi.
If you weren't able to make it out to Sunday's benefit, you can still help. An account has been set up at First Convenience Bank under the name Thomas McKenna.