Galveston Co. sergeant battling terminal lung cancer

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After dedicating more than a decade of his life to the people of Galveston County, Sgt. Royce McQuaig is fighting terminal cancer.

After dedicating more than a decade of his life to the people of Galveston County, Sergeant Royce McQuaig is fighting terminal cancer.

Last September, McQuaig visited UTMB for what he thought was pneumonia.

"During the time I was having the fluid drained and testing done, they found a two-inch cubed cancerous mass on my aorta and also spots on my lungs," McQuaig said.

McQuaig was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Chemotherapy has bought him time, but only a year.

"I had stopped smoking last year, and I figured I would be safe and in good shape. Come to find out, that's not the case," he recalled.

McQuaig said his work family has offered unwavering support since his diagnosis.

"I've got a very good support group. They've really, really helped me. From my family and friends to the sheriff's office, it's been an amazing support group," he said.

McQuaig is still on the job, completing light duty work.

"It's no fun being at home thinking about things constantly, and I have an obligation to my family and to the sheriff," McQuaig added.

Now, it's up to Galveston County to never forget a deputy who has given so much.

On Saturday, March 25, the community will hold a fundraiser in support of McQuaig at Highland Bayou Park in La Marque. The event will feature a silent auction, a raffle, food and family entertainment.

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