Six-year-old William loves football and looks up to South Carolina native, Jadeveon Clowney. For a young boy with congenital heart disease, a condition that effects the blood flow from his heart to his lungs, football is more than just a game. It’s a chance for players to run, jump and feel a sense of freedom and accomplishment that a sick child yearns for.
William has had three open heart surgeries, and four heart catheterizations. So it’s no wonder that while battling some of his toughest days, William found joy in watching football. Clowney soon became his favorite player—William was transfixed by his athleticism. When Make-A-Wish South Carolina volunteers met with William to determine his one true wish, it was a no-brainer. William proudly displayed his Houston Texans jersey and told the volunteers how Clowney is his “all-time favorite.”
William’s wish came true when his family flew to Houston. When Jadeveon Clowney greeted William in the locker room, there was no brighter light than William’s smile. Joy radiated from William as he played catch with Clowney on the Texans field. Clowney also presented presents to William as a special token of their day together. William also met other Texans players and walked away feeling like he was a new team member.
William will continue to have surgeries until he’s fully grown but he will always have his wish to remind him how brave and special he is.
Alisha, William’s mom, wrote "Thank you for making the wish come true! It is something that I think William nor Jadeveon will ever forget. He was so good to William and played with him like a big brother and as a mother it is something I will never forget."