#DrubeStrong: Community supports Kirby as he battles COVID-19

The Campbell County High School golf team showed its support for Kirby Drube by writing his name on the golf balls used at last week's state qualifier tournament. (Photo courtesy of Shane Evans)

Kirby Drube has captured many headlines in his lifetime. A standout athlete as a youth, in high school and during college, the former star has won many battles in his lifetime.

Today, Drube faces his biggest challenge and its life threatening. He contracted COVID-19 earlier this month and has been fighting for his life ever since.

Drube was taken by air ambulance two weeks ago to Highlands Ranch Medical Center in Denver due to complications from Coronavirus where he remains, according to the most recent updates on GoFundMe.

The CCHS Camel Booster Club posted a small request on its Facebook page for its alum.

“One of our former Camels needs our prayer,” it read. “Keep fighting, Kirby Drube. The entire Camel Nation is behind you. #DrubeStrong Go Camels.”

A GoFundMe account created by close friend Shane Evans has been successful so far in helping raise money for the family and help with costs. As of Thursday, 234 donors have so far contributed to the fund. All proceeds go to the family for medical and travel expenses.

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“Anyone who knows Kirby will tell you that you’ll never meet a person with a more caring heart. Someone who is always willing to help anyone who needs it. Someone who has donated countless hours of his own time coaching the youth of our community,” close friend Shane Evans posted on GoFundMe. “Kirby has always given back to the town he grew up in and loves and he could use our help right now. So please say a prayer for a quick recovery and donate whatever you can. #DrubeStrong.”

Drube is a well-known family man raised in Gillette where he was a multi-sport standout athlete at Campbell County High School. He went on to play football for the University of Wyoming and was drafted in Major League Baseball by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Additionally, the 1994 CCHS graduate was a two-time state champion on the boys basketball team and selected all-state as a senior on the football team. Drube was a starter all four years at UW.

Drube’s alma mater has shown unbelievable support at recent events. The CCHS golf team wrote “For Kirby” on their golf balls used during the state qualifier tournament. The Camels’ volleyball team in ink wrote “For Kirby” on their arms during their recent matches.

The Campbell County High School volleyball team showed its support for Kirby Drube last week by marking his name on their arms prior to a match.
(Photo courtesy of Shane Evans)

Many of Drube’s friends have been showing support on social media.

“Still trying to help the big fella and his family,” wrote close friend Mike Orr. “Kirby is still not well but he is in there battling like the true competitor that he is – one day at time. And so are those kids of his. This TEAM is going to beat this and they appreciate ALL the thoughts, prayers, donations and positivity from everyone so far.”

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Evans shared the same sediments on his Facebook page.

“I can’t thank you all enough (for the money raised so far). I know when Kirby recovers from this and sees what you have all done it will bring tears to his eyes,” Evans posted. “Please keep praying and sending positive thoughts. He’s freaking Kirby Drube and he can do anything but right now Superman could use all the love and support we can give him. #DrubeStrong.”

Along with the GoFundMe page, a bank account with Security State Bank in Gillette has been set up in Shane Evan’s name as well as Jeff Schomer’s (Drube’s best friend) with the beneficiaries being Drube and his fiance Kellen Edwards.

One hundred percent of all funds donated will go to Drube, his family and Edwards.

“Thank you so much for all your generous donations. Kirby is still fighting with everything he has. I know he feels all your prayers and love. #DrubeStrong,” Evans posted.

Visit Drube’s GoFundMe page to donate or receive updates on his condition.

The logo displayed throughout town and social media in support of a full recovery for former Kirby Drube, a prominent figure in Gillette and former sports standout at Campbell County High School and University of Wyoming.