by Terry Rogers
Heather Williams, who is a 15-year survivor of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, was honored to work with a fabulous team of family members and close friends who helped her earn the title of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year for 2018, raising $14,067.50. She accepted the challenge as a way to give back to others who may be walking the same path that she did.
“Being nominated for this award was a once-in-a-lifetime honor,” Williams said. “I have mentioned countless times along this journey, I am in it to win it! However, I have already won it! I entered the campaign as a survivor, therefore, I have won the battle! God has blessed me in so many ways, I could not even begin to count.”
Williams is married to her high school sweetheart and they have a six-year old daughter. She currently works full-time at Westminster Village in Dover and is a Nationally Certified Activity Director as well as a Certified Dementia Practitioner. The family also enjoys time spent with their two Pomeranians, Cooper and Titan, as well as their guinea pig, Peanut. When they are not working, the Williams’ are either at gymnastics, the park or gathering around family “giving thanks to God for all He continues to do.”
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man and Woman of the Year Inaugural Sussex County Campaign is a 10-week fundraising campaign that began March 1 and culminated with a Grand Finale Gala on May 11, 2018. Williams, along with Devon Hoerner and Missy Brockaway Walls, competed for the title of Woman of the Year by raising funds for LLS. Each dollar raised through the fundraising is counted as a vote in the campaign. In addition to the three women, Dave Repass and Austin Auen competed for the Man of the Year Award. Repass, who is from Lewes, received the Man of the Year Award, raising $12,578.55.
“I did this so that I could give back just a small portion of what others provided me while I fought my battle with NHL,” Williams said. “It is such a pleasure to know you are supplying another person with confidence and reassurance that everything does not have to be negative with a diagnosis of cancer.”
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society benefits others by supporting their needs emotionally, mentally and spiritually, Williams explained. The funds raised continue to go toward research and funding to find a cure someday. The goal of the organization is to make that “someday today.”
Anyone interested in learning more about the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society can contact 302-661-7300 or visit their website at https://www.lls.org/delaware.
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