Copperas Cove: Community rallies behind deputy battling cancer

COPPERAS COVE, Texas From all over the state of Texas, 60 motorcyclists made the drive from Lampasas to Copperas Cove to support a local deputy battling cancer.

Lampasas County Deputy Sheriff Ethel “Mae” Watson is fighting stage 4 liver cancer, but she knows her story is just beginning.

Watson says she’s thankful for the support.

“It means a lot. It truly shows that there are nice people in the world. This is awesome,” Watson said.

Watson’s sister, Freda Lamkin, says she will never forget the outpouring of support.

“We were not anticipating this big of a turnout, but we are grateful. We are grateful for every blessing we’ve received on behalf of Mae Watson just to make sure she’s able to maintain her household and medical expenses,” Lamkin said.

Mae’s fight has inspired everyone around her with officers coming from all over Texas, including San Antonio. From the food to the giveaways, Saturday’s benefit at Lady J’s Soul Food was organized by the Posse Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club.

Donations and a silent auction will help Watson with expenses while she is away from work.

“To help somebody out, it’s what we do in our profession, but when we can see how it touches the life of somebody that’s close to us, it’s priceless,” Posse Vice President Alan Fields said.

In her battle with cancer, Watson’s faith in God has kept her going. She says to keep fighting and never give up.

“If you don’t know God, know him. Just keep fighting. I work out, trying to eat clean. Just keep the fight,” she added.