LEXINGTON, S.C. – A beloved football coach at River Bluff High School is in the middle of a battle with cancer, but he’s not fighting it alone.
Chris Wooten remembers the moment his friend, coach Brian Thompson, told him he had colon cancer. It was two days before Christmas.
“It it us all really hard,” Wooten said. “Coach Thompson and I met probably a dozen years ago or so and when I met him, you just know something is different about him. He makes you feel like you’re the only one in the room.”
Thompson had to take time off as River Bluff High School defensive coordinator to seek treatment. But in his absence, he was certainly not forgotten.
Wooten decided or organize a 250-mile run across the state to raise awareness and funds for Thompson’s medical bills. Friday was his second day in, and he had already completed more than 150 miles.
“Last night I was running at midnight down the road and thinking, you know, sometimes it is gonna be cold and lonely and I’m running uphill in the rain, but that’s what Brian is fighting every day,” Wooten said. “And that draws you closer to God.”
He took a break from the run to visit River Bluff High on Friday, where students were holding a massive prayer service in Thompson’s honor.
“If we can get folks praying all around the state at the same time, God’s gonna jump right in there,” Wooten said, “And it’s really good to know that.”
Coach Thompson was also there for the service.
“The first thought in my head was I gotta hug my kids a little more often, I gotta hug my wife a little more often,” Thompson said. “And the love, the people who have bathed me in prayer, its just blown my mind. It’s unbelievable.”
He says what keeps him fighting now is his family, his community, .and friends like Chris.
“I just hope that I can, at least publicly, fight this battle with dignity,” Thompson said. “That’s my ultimate prayer, my ultimate hope, is to turn this test I’ve been given into a testimony. And that’s one of my prayers every morning.”
Wooten says since he began the run, he has raised $2,000 of his $7,000 goal.
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