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Germantown man named Hero of Hope

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The American Cancer Society’s Mid-South Division recently named Germantown’s Mickey Williams a Hero of Hope. Williams is one of 11 cancer survivors and caregivers from the Mid-South states of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee to be recognized.

The Heroes of Hope program is in its eighth year. Honorees will serve as spokespeople for the American Cancer Society in their communities.

Those selected have triumphed over cancer or cared for loved ones, made significant volunteer contributions to the American Cancer Society, and made an impact in the lives of others.

Williams, a 19-year Navy veteran, is a 5-year Ewing’s Sarcoma cancer survivor.

An avid volunteer, Williams has participated in Relay For Life as Survivor/Caregiver committee chair, team captain, team member and guest speaker.

“Relay For Life has proven to be an incredibly uplifting, motivating and overall positive experience for me,” said Williams. “We need to raise awareness of the support system in communities, and we must seize the opportunity to raise much needed funds to further research efforts and programs to support cancer patients and caregivers.”

Heroes of Hope provide a highly visible symbol of personal victory over the disease, plus encourage support and participation in the programs of the Society.

The Heroes of Hope represent the courageous struggle of all cancer patients as they deal with the physical and emotional aspects of their experience.

Nationwide, 90 Heroes have been selected and trained as the Society spokespersons, the vast majority of which remain volunteer leaders. Numerous Heroes have been featured in national, division and local videos, publications and campaign promotions.

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