William’s Story

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Story by William’s Mother – Lauren Harris

William Harris was born 12 November, 2004. He was a son to David and Lauren and brother to Taylor, Jhai and Makaylah. He was adored by everyone that had the pleasure to meet him. He was bold, charming and at times highly opinionated.

William suffered from the chronic pain of arthritis and was diagnosed on 9 May, 2006, with systemic onset JIA. He never crawled or walked properly and suffered from spiking fevers and a rash. His day-to-day life involved painful, swollen and stiff joints. Nobody will ever truly understand the pain of watching their five year old son crawl up the hallway, because he couldn’t walk.

He knew he was different and at times he would ask why he got arthritis. There are some questions that are just too hard to answer.

Sadly our beautiful little boy left this earth bound for Heaven on 17 April, 2011. William was six years old. Our lives will never be the same again and we live with a constant reminder that kids get arthritis too and they can indeed die.

I knew that William was far too loud in life to ever leave quietly, and I don’t want the world to forget him and the countless other children who suffer every day.

We created William’s Wish for two reasons. Firstly, because William was granted a wish from the Starlight Foundation, but passed away just before his wish was fulfilled and secondly, to remember our son and who he was, a young boy who stood-up for what he believed and someone who cared deeply about others and would want to give his friends a wish they deeply deserve.

Read more about juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)

Please donate to the William’s Wish Appeal and help other kids, just like William, with arthritis. A gift of $30 will go a long way in making a difference to a child’s life.

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