‘It’s like the Royal Wedding of St. Jude’

Cancer survivors, co-workers at ALSAC and best friends, marry on campus of hospital that saved their lives

By , Guest Columnist Published: September 04, 2019 2:15 PM CT
Guest Columnist

David Williams

Memphian David Williams is lead writer on the enterprise content team at ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He spent 35 years in newspapers as a reporter and editor, including nearly 30 years with The Commercial Appeal.

This is a boy-meets-girl story, with complications. Because what love story for the ages ever came off without some complications? And so: Boy gets cancer. Girl gets cancer, too. Boy loses right arm, at age 7, but discovers his inner lefty. He takes up golf, and even plays on the baseball team. “I played first base and centerfield,” he says, with pride. “I wasn’t the kid in right field who ate grass. I was part of the team.”

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