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Scuba Steve touched by community support while battling cancer

The community came together Monday to help Scuba Steve Johnson at a fundraiser at Chick-fil-A in Gulfport. (Photo source: WLOX) The community came together Monday to help Scuba Steve Johnson at a fundraiser at Chick-fil-A in Gulfport. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

A Coast businessman said he's grateful for the love he is receiving as he battles cancer. Scuba Steve Johnson runs a T-shirt company. For every shirt sold, he gives one to the homeless. 

On Monday, the community came together to help Johnson at a fundraiser at Chick-fil-A in Gulfport. 

It was a night of fries, chicken sandwiches and donations for Scuba Steve.

Josh Parten came by to give his support.

"His spirit. I mean we follow him on Facebook and we read his Facebook posts and he's so upbeat in the face of going through all he's going through. So, we're glad to support him in all that,” said Parten.

Every time customers mentioned Scuba Steve while placing their order, Chick-fil-A in Gulfport gave 20 percent of the profits to help him with medical expenses.

Stephanie Emmer is also raising money for Scuba Steve by donating part of the proceeds from her cake ordering business, Ice This.

"As soon as he posted his stuff with his cancer, I knew he was the cause that I wanted to support this year because my dad has cancer as well," said Emmer.

Gulfport High students inspired by Scuba Steve's story came to volunteer. 

"I teach business and I tell them. If you are going to own a business and have a business, you need to give back to the community. You need to give to the people who give to you. So, I think this is a great way to show them that,” said Amy Lee, a high school teacher.

Scuba Steve said initially he wanted to keep his diagnosis private because he didn't think people would care. He's never been so happy to be so wrong. 

"I have days when I'm depressed and down and frustrated. Really frustrated. I will get a message that will change my whole day. All the likes, all the comments and the messages. The emails. The calls. It's incredible. It means the actual world. I never expected to see anything like this. It's the most amazing heartwarming thing that I've ever been a part of,” said Johnson 

Chick-fil-A officials said they have done 50 percent more in sales Monday than they did this day last year. 

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