A former Norfolk, Virginia, sailor is learning the meaning of camaraderie after hundreds of volunteers rallied around the terminally-ill man when he had nowhere to turn.
Petty Officer Nick Salter worked at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia for six years before he was transferred to New Mexico. Eight years ago, he was diagnosed with skin cancer, which spread to his brain last year.
His health has worsened from there, and his family put their home up for sale in April, though it remains unsold because of its condition. With Salter in no condition to plan or undertake repairs, the sale was stalled and in danger of being foreclosed.
But Salter’s community and Navy colleagues banded together to help get the Salters’ home in sellable condition when word spread via Facebook by organizer Kristy Spurgeon.
“We’re all out here just doing what we can to help my best buddy out,” Ken Morris, a fellow chief petty officer, told WAVY. “There haven’t been any offers on it yet, so we’re just trying to make this top notch and get it up on the market so these guys can get out of the little bit of trouble that they’re in.”
Over 100 volunteers have come together to refurbish the house inside (new cabinetry and paint) and out (a new roof and deck).
“He was too stubborn to ask for help whenever he needed it,” Morris continued. “They kind of reached out last minute and this is what you get there’s a lot of blood, sweat and tears going into right now.”