Do you believe in miracles? South Carolina athlete C.J. Williams does and so do his football teammates at Fox Creek High School in North Augusta, S.C.
Last Friday, the Predators’ star running back was diagnosed with cancer — Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, according to Chris Kane and Merissa Lynn, reporting for WJBF Channel 6 News in Augusta, Ga.
However, the entire community began to pray for the young athlete.
And as Williams’ mother, Christina Berrien, told the Augusta Journal, “Prayer changes everything. I want to thank everybody,” she said, fighting back tears.
Williams had undergone several tests over the past week at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics and was preparing to start chemotherapy Tuesday morning when the preparations were suddenly stopped.
“They had been doing tests for a whole week, and I guess one of the results came back,” Berrien said. “They said it was a rare infection that shows the same signs as Hodgkin lymphoma. They said it’s only happened one other time. It was five years ago.”
A few days after the Predators’ football season opener last week, C.J. had noticed a lump on his neck. He was diagnosed with cancer. Doctors said it was Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and C.J. would not come back for his final season at Fox Creek.
He recalls that he was scared by the diagnosis — and didn’t know if he’d be able to come back to the game he loves.
“I was really hurt,” said C.J. “I thought my football career was over with. I stayed strong, I had to be tough for everybody.”
“Williams was expected to miss the entire season, but then something remarkable took place Wednesday morning,” reported WJBF. “They discovered that Williams does not have cancer.”
Incredibly, he was released from the hospital and surprised his teammates at practice.
But Wednesday he couldn’t wait to share the news with his team — in person.
According to WJBF:
“Alright C.J.’s got some news for you all on how his chemo went today,” said Fox Creek Head Coach Russ Schneider.
“Umm… Well, I didn’t need to do chemo today,” said C.J.
“I tell you what happened. He got diagnosed with the cancer,” said Schneider. “And, not only this whole community, every one of you, every teacher, every parent, churches we don’t even know about got on their knees and started praying. Somebody said they misdiagnosed him. I’m telling you, he didn’t get misdiagnosed. He got healed.”