Leukemia Survivor Urges People to Give Blood

Max Williams is like any 8-year-old boy. He likes to eat candy, play music, and can make you smile in unison with his full-body giggles.

The charming young boy also has a protective older brother, two loving parents and an understanding of what life means beyond anyone even triple his age.

Max is a leukemia survivor. And during his years of life battling the blood-related cancer, Max had to endure 15 to 16 whole blood and platelet transfusions.

Max’s father, Phillip Williams, like any great leader, built a powerful foundation, and remained strong for his son.

“We had really good doctors and nurses and we had a great support structure with us,” Phillip Williams said. “It was a tough experience to go through, but we did well”

And as part of that support structure, much of Max’s blood for the transfusions came from donor centers right here in Naperville.

Lifesource is one such center, it is also the largest center in all of Illinois and provides pints of blood for 60 Chicagoland and suburban hospitals, including Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.

One donor at the center, Craig Winn, believes donating is just another part of his day.

“It’s really not that big of a deal, you come in, you’re out in 45 minutes over your lunch, like I do, and it does a lot of good.” said Winn.

Max has a special message to all the donors that helped ensure there was blood when needed,

“Thank you, for saving my life,” he said.

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