COLLEGE STATION A man who spent his career fighting to make the B/CS community a better place, is now fighting for his life at St. Joseph Hospital.
Ronnie Jackson is the Neighborhood and Youth Services coordinator for the City of Bryan, and he was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer a little over a year ago. Now, he is in need of surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.
Angelique Gammon says she has been friends with Ronnie Jackson and his wife, Kelli, for years. Gammon couldn't fix Ronnie's medical issues, so she organized a fundraiser with J Cody's Steaks & Barbecue to help pay for medical costs.
The fundraiser was held Sundat at Christ United Methodist Church in College Station.
"They said 500 meals, and I said, 'What are we going to do with all those leftover meals?'," said Levey.
It turns out 500 plates wasn't enough to feed all the people who care about Jackson. Organizers say they sold 800 plates of barbecue, and raised $15,880 by the end of lunch.
"He has many many friends throughout the community, both in the City of Bryan and the City of College Station," said Former College Station Mayor Ben White.
"He's a really nice guy and it's the right thing to do," said Jadyn Warner, an 8-year-old volunteer at the fundraiser.
Kelli Levey was brought to tears when she saw the line of people waiting to help her husband.
"I call him Mr. Wonderful," said Levey. "You know, you always think you're married to someone special, but its so reinforcing to know everyone else thinks he's special too."
Organizers say the cost of the fundraiser was covered before the first plate of barbecue was sold Sunday.
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