Friends, family eager to help man fight

By TONY RAAP
Herald Staff Writer

HUNTINGBURG — Chuck Hubster knew something was wrong when he coughed up blood.

He went to the Memorial Hospital emergency room, where doctors ran several tests. About an hour later, he was given the bad news.

“They told me they weren’t going to beat around the bush: You got lung cancer,” said Hubster, 53. “It’s pretty hard right at first, but what can you do?”

Since being diagnosed in February, he has undergone four rounds of chemotherapy and has had part of his right lung removed.

The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3335 in Huntingburg will host a benefit dinner and raffle Aug. 17 for Hubster, who has belonged to the club for about a dozen years.

For the past several months, he has been on medical leave from Kimball International, where he has worked for more than 30 years, most recently as a floater on the assembly line.

He still gets a paycheck, but it’s less than what he made before. For now, he has health coverage.
“But then after the end of the year, I don’t know what I’m going to do for sure,” he said. “I guess Obamacare or something will kick in.”

Friends and family members, including fiancée Tara Hedinger of Huntingburg, decided there was a need for a benefit. A few months ago, they began organizing the fundraiser, which will include a bake sale, pork chop dinner, raffle and dance.

Scott Ferguson of Huntingburg, a longtime friend who is helping organize the benefit, said Hubster’s battle with cancer has been hard on everyone close to him.

“I’m always glad to help out a friend, and he definitely needs some help right now, so I’m more than glad to do it,” Ferguson said.

One of Hubster’s cousins, Lindsey Burger of Huntingburg, said Hubster has always helped her, so the benefit is her way of repaying his kindness.

“He’s helped so many people,” Burger said. “This is the least we can do.”

Burger said Hubster had responded well to treatment and is staying active.

“He’s really fighting it,” she said. “He’s bound and determined he’s going to beat this.”

Chuck Hubster benefit

Aug. 17
10 a.m. Bake sale
3 p.m. Pork chop dinner prepared by Dave “Doughboy” Schwoeppe
7 p.m. Raffle
8 p.m. A performance from the band Starbound
Where: Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3335, 708 E. Sixth St., Huntingburg.
Monetary donations may be mailed to Chuck Hubster Benefit Raffle c/o Scott Ferguson, 1355 Timber Ridge Drive, Huntingburg IN 47542

Contact Tony Raap at traap@dcherald.com.




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