Friends of Michael Williams
Michael Williams was diagnosed in September 1998 at age 4 1/2 with stage IV neuroblastoma. As Mike bravely fought through his treatments of surgeries, chemo and stem cell transplants he continued to amaze everyone around him with his strong will to live. Between treatments Mike continued to live life to it's fullest. Playing sports was his passion. He enjoyed soccer, baseball, swimming, basketball, hockey and golf. He impressed his family, friends, coaches and doctors with his ability to compete and enjoy the things a little boy his age should.
Mike was in remission until October 2000 when the NB struck once again. Mike needed more surgery and chemo. Mike suffered kidney failure and was placed on dialysis, seemed that everything that could possibly go wrong was. Mike spent two months in intensive care, making it home in time for Christmas. Getting strong enough to play ball was his goal. His road to recovery! The light at the end of the tunnel! Mike was unable to play soccer but the doctor's assured him he could play baseball and would be hitting homeruns by spring. Mike enjoyed a one win season as though it was a one loss season. During that summer of 2001 Mike enjoyed the Chicago White Sox training camp. He was very proud of the four stars he earned while attending the camp. The Chicago White Sox donate a training camp scholarship to a Highland little leaguer each year in memory of Mike. On June 30, 2001 while on a family vacation, Mike shot his first birdie. Living life once again to it's fullest only to relapse to the disease he fought so hard to beat.
On September 5, 2001 Mike was asked by his dad if he had a tee time to play golf with Jesus. Mike responded, "6:30". At 6:00 am the next day, September 6, 2001 Mike met Jesus for their 6:30 tee time. While his dad stood looking at the morning sunrise at 6:30 he asked Mike, "give me a sign, how is your tee time?" to dad's amazement there was a cross formation in the clouds. He took a picture of the cross with his digital camera. Once printed, we see in that picture an angel carrying Mike up to heaven, above them it appears to be the face of Jesus with His hand held out to greet them. We were truly blessed and comforted by Jesus with this miracle. Mike is a special angel.
It's Mike's courage and love for life and others that lives in all who knew him. Through "Friends of Michael Williams" we carry on his name and undying spirit to find a cure for neuroblastoma.