They dedicate their lives to helping others. But now the roles have reversed. Greenville police officers are asking you to help one of their own.
If there's one word to describe Cpl. Cathy Williams it's "brave."
A year ago doctors diagnosed her with Multiple Myeloma, a form of bone marrow cancer that leaves you weak, sick and in extreme pain.
"When they found it...50 percent of my bone marrow was cancerous," said Williams.
It hasn't been easy, especially for Cathy's family. Her husband, Lieutenant Carlton Williams, is also a police officer.
"Cathy is probably one of the strongest people I know," Williams said.
Not to mention, Cathy's a mom of five boys.
But through it all she's persevered. She still shows up for work every day.
"I just feel like the best way to get through anything you go through in life is to just keep getting up and getting dressed and showing up. If you stop living…then you look like you're giving up and I don't want to give up," said Cathy.
"That's the way she is. She wants to show them what is right in life, don't give up on things, and whatever you do, don't ever say I can't," said her husband.
It's that bravery and determination that prompted Cathy's coworkers to host a fundraiser Friday in her honor.
"I was very shocked, honestly, and very touched when I found out that they were doing. And it's kind of an emotional thing, but it was wonderful," Cathy said.
The road to recovery is far from over. Up next on the list: a bone marrow transplant.
It's not an easy process for anyone to go through, but with it comes time. And for Cathy, time is everything.
"No matter what amount of time it gives you… It is time you wouldn't have otherwise. It makes it worth it. Whatever you endure makes it worth it," she said.
The luncheon for Cathy is Friday March 15 from 11am to 2pm at St. James United Methodist Church in Greenville. Dine-in or take-out plates are available for $8 dollars. Anyone is welcome.
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