Bikers ride to support deputy in fight against cancer

Posted at 4:53 PM, Sep 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-01 18:01:41-04

A ride for a good cause brought around 50 bikers to Lampasas this morning.

The event was organized by the Posse Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club and the Lampasas County Sheriff's Office in support of one of its deputies.

Lampasas County Deputy Ethel Mae Watson has had a tough year. She's been fighting a rare form of cancer since December. She was diagnosed one month after her wedding day.

"It's that thin blue line," said Casey Irby, treasurer for the Posse Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club. "It hits home because we're all family. She's my sister even though we don't work in the same department."

Watson was excited to see so many people show up for the event.

"It's amazing, I'm just overwhelmed with joy," Watson said. "It's awesome."

The ride started in Lampasas County and ended at Watson's family restaurant, Lady J's Soul Food, in Copperas Cove. Half of the money the restaurant brings in also goes towards Watson's treatment. 

"The support that we have from Lampasas to Killeen to Gatesville, it's amazing. It's truly amazing to see the love," said Freda Lamkin, Watson's sister. "You actually see action with this fundraiser today."

Watson said her family and friends have supported her from the start, but a room full of people serves as another reminder to never give up.

"Being here to support Mae is very important," said Lemont Canon, Vice President of Unleashed Beasts motorcycle club. "My wife's best friend died from Stage 4 cancer, so I do understand the effects it has on people and their families."

"I was a little worried at first about coming out with my situation but I'm so glad that I did," Watson said. "It makes the fight of cancer seem so minute because I've met so many great people." 

The ride raised nearly $1,000 for Watson's medical costs.

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