In just a few short years, Randy Ruby made a name for himself as a skilled photographer of the Redondo Beach coastline. Often from a kayak or with his feet submerged in water, Ruby captured a side to Redondo Beach and Palos Verdes Peninsula that few people experience in person.
These days, however, photography is far from a priority. The 62 year old has been battling squamous cell carcinoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer, for the past two years. Ruby has already lost his right arm to the disease. And now, with the cancer returning, he is again undergoing chemotherapy.
With no children and little money left in the bank, Ruby is turning to the community to help cover his medical bills, promoting a GoFundMe page, holding a silent auction and selling photographs out of the garage at his Esplanade apartment.
So far the outpouring of support has been tremendous, Ruby said, and he’s completely overwhelmed. Two weeks ago at a garage sale of his photos and a silent auction for a surfboard donated by Alex Gray, he raised more than $10,000.
“Most people I haven’t met in my life. People have come down and left a 100 dollar bill. It gives me so much hope,” said Ruby from a recliner in his apartment. Chemotherapy and months of illness have left him frail, a far cry from the strong paddler who could kayak for miles.
Battle of his life
In his battle with the disease there have been more setbacks than victories. The cancer was first detected on a wound that would not heal at the tip of the middle finger on his right hand.
Ruby thought it was the result of a skin graft he…
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