Fundraiser to benefit Nolan Williams
by Courtney Warren
Jan 25, 2014 | 1748 views | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A fundraiser has been organized and will be held for a baby boy named Nolan Williams.

The fundraiser will be held on Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. at the National Guard Armory in Cleveland.

There will be a live auction, silent auction, live music, and more with all the proceeds going to the Williams family.

Nolan Williams, the son of Brent and Ashley Williams, was diagnosed with a heart defect before he was born and since his birth has had several surgeries.

"Nolan was born with a congenital heart defect. The plan from birth was to have a series of 3 surgeries. After the second surgery, we went for a checkup and things were not what we had hoped for. After having a heart catheterization, he did not recover well and ended up having an unplanned surgery to reverse the second surgery and arrange something to help him get more blood to his lungs," said Brent.

Shane Henderson decided to host the fundraiser to raise money for the family for whatever medical costs they have.

"It was lying on my heart to do the fundraiser. I heard about the baby's condition and so I contacted Brent and asked him if it would be okay for me to do a fundraiser for them to help them out, and so it's been ongoing for about three weeks. I started contacting people from all over, as far as Missouri and Kentucky, asking them if they would donate duck calls or anything and it got bigger from there," said Henderson.

The fundraiser will

Henderson looks forward to the event and is excited for the turn out.

"We've got two live bands coming in. The second band will start around 3 p.m. We'll be selling cakes, hamburgers, hotdogs, and nachos. We'll have a silent auction and then around 5 p.m. we'll start a live auction. We've got an auctioneer coming in to help with the live auction. We've got face painting and an indoor bounce house for the kids to play on and enjoy," Henderson said.

Recently, Nolan had another surgery and is doing well so far.

"Nolan's most recent surgery went very well. He was not doing well at all after the cath and gave us all a scare. The biggest concern is keeping him healthy between surgeries. At this point, that is our job. He will have to have more surgeries in the near future. There is a goal that his cardiologists and surgeons have for him that is complicated but if we can get him there he should have a pretty normal life," said Williams.

Nolan also has a big brother and Williams said through all of this the family has grown much closer to God.

"Nolan's big brother, Hudson, is almost 7 years old and is very very smart. He understands what is going on with his baby brother and knows that he needs to pray for him. This has brought us so much closer to God. We have always been Christians but we have learned to put all of our trust in The Lord because it is all in his hands. We feel so proud that Nolan has brought so many people closer to God. Joshua 1:9 became our verse from the very beginning. We have a special place in our hearts for Josh Abide and his family. This verse reminds us to be strong and courageous at all times," said Williams.

Henderson said he hopes to raise a good amount of money for the family and is putting no limits on what the funds can be used for.

"My goal is to reach $6,000 and all of it will go to the family to help them with whatever finances they have; if it's traveling back and forth to Jackson or helping with medical bills or whatever treatments they may need after the surgery. Whatever they need to use it for to help them out that's exactly what it's for."

For more information about Nolan and his family visit www.babynolanwilliams.blogspot.com