Jimmy Hughes is a long time close friend of the Ellerbe family. He met Mark Ellerbe at Orange Park High School in 1980 where the two developed a friendship that would last until this day. After high school, as is the case in many instances, they moved to different cities. Mark to Tampa Florida, and Jimmy to Jacksonville to attend Jacksonville University on a golf scholarship. While Mark decided to start a family at a young age, Jimmy pursued his dream of becoming a professional golfer on the Hooters Jordan tour and other local tours. Many years passed and when the 2 of them reconnected on Facebook, their friendship picked up where it left off. Now, Jimmy is a very successful Pilot for United Airlines (formerly of Continental) where he flies cross country on the 777 aircrafts. The moment Jim was informed of the founding of the Organization Herbies Heroes, honoring my father Herb Ellerbe, he immediately wanted to help with a wonderful donation, and he also made a commitment to help spread the word, and help support the cause to finding a cure for this disease. Please join me in thanking him and congratulating Jimmy Hughes, and my friend, on being our Herbies Hero.