NUCOR Relay team celebrates successful fundraising year

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) - Ingall's Harbor is the place to be to make a stand against cancer.

Friday night is the Relay for Life event.  NUCOR will have a large team there to raise money and awareness and support one of their own.

Christopher Williams, nicknamed "Soc" - short for Socrates - has worked for NUCOR for 12 years.  His coworkers say he's always "waxing philosophical."

Since September, Soc has had a lot of time to think about things he always took for granted.

"I was always real healthy, rarely ever got sick and real active and all of a sudden I just started feeling really fatigued," Soc recalled.

The 41-year-old was twice misdiagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.  A third doctor told him it was something else.

"It was Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma," Soc explained.  "Basically a rare brain cancer."

Soc suffered paralysis and lost mobility in his legs.

Meanwhile, his coworkers kept track of his prognosis and got involved in raising money to find a cure for cancer.

"We're the second largest fundraising team in the country," said Karen Woldahl, the captain for NUCOR's Relay for Life team.

She said the company has raised $400,000 over the last year and $2 million over the last 12 years.

Karen plans to walk in honor of Soc as well as one other person.

"I lost my mother five years ago to cancer," she said.  "Makes you angry.  Makes you want to fight harder."

As for Soc he has undergone six chemo treatments with 12 more to go.  But, first he wants to accomplish one special goal at the Relay for Life event.

"I'm going to attempt to walk the survivors lap," he said.

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