Community Steps Up to Help Former Sailor Battling Cancer

A former Norfolk Sailor battling cancer was on the brink of losing his Chesapeake home to the bank. But not anymore, thanks to friends and strangers.

WAVY first told you two weeks ago about Petty Officer Nick Salter who worked at Naval Station Norfolk and is now stationed in New Mexico.

Salter has stage four skin cancer that has spread to his brain. The family unable to afford two mortgages with mounting medical bills.

For five months, there have been no offers to buy their home on Lambert Trail. That’s why Sailors from across Hampton Roads stepped in to spruce up the home.

Since our story first aired, organizers have received donations from a roofing company, painters and landscapers offering their services at no charge.

“It was through the WAVY News community really that we had so many donations and support that we needed. We had at one point in time almost 200 volunteers here, and it was simply from WAVY viewers that saw the need, they felt they needed to help,” said organizer Kristy Spurgeon.

The home is still on the market for just under $200,000.

Organizers say they’re confident it will sell once renovations are complete.