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Piedmont Remembers Dwight Williams

The Piedmont community is mourning the loss of former student Dwight Williams, who lost his 20-year battle with cancer on February 11. Led by Coach Apple, the girls’ basketball team wore bow tie ribbons in remembrance of Dwight during their game on February 13. Dwight is remembered for his “Fight With Dwight” motto and for being the focus of Piedmont’s Care Week 2011.

As a Piedmont alumnus who graduated in 2010, he studied at the University of Maryland when his symptoms of leukemia resurfaced for the third time in his life. He underwent three rounds of intense chemotherapy in preparation for a bone marrow transplant. A suitable donor was not found so he had a transplant using a new procedure. The funds raised from Care Week 2011 helped support his medical needs at Duke University Hospital at the time.

Dwight continued his personal aspiration of Christian rap music and earned a degree from the University of Maryland. Even while Dwight was at home close to his treatment centers, he continued to engage in paying if forward with Samaritan’s Fee as a student intern and volunteer. There are over 300 million children who have never owned a pair of shoes. Samaritan’s Feet founder, Emmanuel Ohonme was a Nigerian child who became inspired as a relief worker gave him his first pair of tennis shoes at the age of nine. To Ohonme, those shoes became a symbol of hope and a catalyst to his love of basketball. Williams was instrumental in implementing the inaugural Barefoot for Bare Feet Campaign in 2012 whereby basketball coaches from both Piedmont and Union Academy coached in bare feet to raise awareness of Samaritan’s Feet and encourage the donation of shoes to this ministry. According to Student Government advisor Annette Harris, “While we are so sad of his passing, he left an indelible mark on the lives of all who knew him personally. His sparkling smile and perseverance inspired us all.”

Written by: Donna Helms, Web Editor
Posted: Feb 19, 2015 by Donna Helms

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