Danielle Web, mother of cancer victim William Webb II and organizer of Warriorss for William Foundation, talks about her son's legacy.
Q: What do you hope to gain from the William Webb Memorial Golf Tournament besides money for pediatric cancer research?
A: There are several benefits to the golf tournament besides money for childhood cancer research, such as awareness. I cannot tell you how many people have no idea how many children in our community are fighting or have fought childhood cancer. Awareness is key to fighting this disease and winning the battle. The more knowledgeable we can make people, the better. Other benefits include understanding more about childhood cancer and what children endure during their journey. It is difficult not only on the child, but on the family as well.
Q: What is the main mission of the Warriors for William Foundation?
A: Our main mission is to raise awareness and funding for pediatric cancer research. Our country is filled with so many brilliant researchers and physicians that we believe a cure can be found, and we want to do everything we can to support funding a cure.
Q: Why do you think that so little federal funding goes towards pediatric cancer?
A: Unfortunately, I do not have an answer for this. I wish I understood why pediatric cancer gets so little of government funding. Pediatric cancers are different from adult cancers, so they require different treatment. I just don’t know why our kids get so little.
Q: How has the community really helped you through the loss of William?
A: Bryan County is such a close community, and we have been fortunate to have support from so many people. It would not be possible to thank each person or business for all they have done, even though we wish we could. Through our journey with William, people reached out to us in many different ways, from email, text, Facebook messages, cards. Words of encouragement and support came from so many people. The community has continued to support our efforts with childhood cancer research. It is a way for us to make a difference in the lives of other families and children while honoring William. Knowing that people care and genuinely support you helps you to be stronger.
Q: What was your proudest moment as far as being a part of Warriors for William?
A: I don’t know if we could say there is one single proudest moment, but we are proud to host fundraising events and then send a check off for childhood cancer research.