Grayson County community raising money for deputy with stage 4 cancer

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) -- A Grayson County deputy has stage 4 cancer, but he and his family are not fighting alone. The community he's served for more than 25 years, is now stepping up to support him.

Capt. Rickey Wheeler has made a career of service.

He served in the marine corps for four years and has worked at the Grayson County Sheriff's Office for 25 as the county's first K-9 officer, then in narcotics, criminal investigations and administration.

"He has been on many, many boards throughout Grayson County, just a tremendous asset, just a great servant of Grayson County," Grayson County Sheriff Tom Watt said.

In March 2017, Wheeler started undergoing treatment in Dallas for head and neck cancer. But the cancer is now stage 4 and has moved to his bones.

"Thousands and thousands of dollars in medical bills, plus the cost of being off work and the cost of getting there for the treatment," friend Jeremy Roberts said.

Wheeler is also married and has two young boys, ages five and three.

Sheriff Tom Watt said Wheeler is like family.

"We've had an outpouring of love and support for Rickey and his family," Watt said.

This past week, a fundraiser at La Mesa brought in more than $800 for his medical expenses. On top of that, his GoFundMe page has raised more than $16,000 and now there's another chance to help his family out.

"He's done so much for us, so this is a perfect opportunity for us to give back not only to Rickey but also to his family at this time," Roberts said.

Jeremy Roberts owns 903 Brewers. They are hosting a chili cook off with live music, a car show and auction this Saturday, with all proceeds going to Wheeler.

"It's just the way that people in Grayson County are, he's not surprised, he's touched and overwhelmed," Watt said.

The event will be held at the brewery's future location, the old school house on the corner of Piner Evans and Walnut Streets.

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