It all started a month ago when Jacob Williams fainted at Anton High School.
The junior wide receiver had always seemed like the picture of health as he led his team in football and basketball. But after rushing Jacob from school to the doctor, tests showed that he had a mass in his abdomen. And within days, Jacob found himself undergoing surgery to remove a kidney and part of his pancreas in what turned out to be an eight pound tumor. The family says Jacob has such a good attitude that he's helping them all get through this.
"I feel pretty confident. I have confidence in the doctors and everything so I wasn't too worried," says Jacob.
"Jacob's a real positive person always and still is. He has fun whatever he does, still picks on his sisters, just always a real positive upbeat person. I'd just like to say thank you to the citizens of Anton, surrounding communities , the whole south plains, doctors at UMC. We've got a great thing going here in West Texas. You know in times like this it really shows you the salt that these people are made from," says Roger Williams, Jacob's father.
The folks at Anton are organizing a spaghetti benefit supper at Shirley B's, the only restaurant in town there. All the proceeds will go to Jacob's family to help with medical and travel expenses as they seek further treatment at M.D. Anderson in Houston. So, stop by Shirley B's tomorrow night from 5pm to 9pm. Dinner is $6 a plate and dessert will be kind of a bake sale with goodies provided by high school students and other generous cooks in the community.
You can also send donations to the Jacob Williams Trust Fund at the Citizens State Bank in Anton.