Thursday, September 03, 2009

WILL Power!!

If you've been reading my blog for the last year or so, you might remember this little guy. That's Will Page, and I've blogged before about his making brownies for soldiers, and preparing care packages for them over the last year or so. An admirable chore for any 3 year old boy (now 4), but Will's been making brownies, and sending packages to soldiers while simultaneously undergoing chemotherapy.

Will's parents, Angela and Jim, have been documenting his story on their Caring Bridge website. Read about Will here. The last story is an an amazing story about their running into the owners of the Weinermobile, who volunteered to pick Will up at his hotel the next morning and chauffeur him to the hospital for his treatment.

It really is a must-read.

Brian has been trying, his last couple of visits home, to coordinate a visit with Will, to thank him for his service to the military, and we finally managed to make it happen, tonight. They got to know each other on the trampoline:

And after some dinner, we laughed as Will let out a war whoop and chased a gaggle of geese into the pond:

We admire his fashion sense:

Brian brought a special gift back to Will, and presented it to him before we left:

He pinned it to his shirt, telling him it was a Military Achievement Badge, for making brownies for all of the soldiers.

I have to note here that although I've hung on every word about his treatment, I was still surprised when Angela coached Brian to pin the medal on the right side of Will's shirt, he has a port in his chest, on the left side. Will is such a delightful, happy child, and so full of energy, it was easy for me to forget that it's just been 3 weeks since his last chemo treatment.

And Will had a gift for Brian then, also:

Will's courage and strength over the last 11 months or so has inspired and moved thousands of people. The term "WILL Power" was coined, and the family is now selling these bracelets. They motivate us when times get tough, and the proceeds from the sales go into an account at the St. Joseph Apothecary, to pay for Will's meds.

After all awards were presented, Will asked "will that soldier watch Peter Pan with me?" Angela said "ask him yourself." He did.

They did.

It was a special evening, for all of us. We were so happy to finally meet Will, and it was so heartwarming to see him happy and healthy, after watching and praying along with the family, during much scarier times.

Of course, upon taking our leave, Brian got a promise of Soldier Brownies when he deploys.

WILL Power Bracelets can be purchased for $3.00 ($4 if Jim & Angela have to mail them to you.) They have them in every size, and you can e-mail Angela at to arrange to get yours, or hit me up, and I'll pick some up for you!


  1. SWEEEEEEPPPPPPP!!!!! I LOVE ALLLLLLL Of YOU!!!! What a joy to know each and everyone one of you... inspiring and breathtaking!!!!

    Thank you for making me a better person!!!!!

  2. This is going to sound odd, but I tear up *every* time I read your blog-- tears of sorrow, tears of joy...

    Your stories (and those of your family) touch so many people in countless, unseen ways.

  3. Anonymous11:43 AM

    The fact that I know both of these families and love them each and pray for them often makes this story even sweeter.

    I am so blessed to have you all in my life and this story was a highlight to my day!

    Thank you for sharing!

    Angela Reinhart

  4. This is a wonderful story...I'm so glad that Brian got to meet Will before he left. Can you imagine the profound impact this has had on this little boy? (And maybe the big boy, too?) ;-)
    It's so good to see an updated picture of little Will - he looks wonderful!

  5. Anonymous1:02 PM

    I cam here to say words exactly like Paria said above.

    You all are WONDERFUL..and Thank you!!

  6. Thank you for doing such a great job of capturing this wonderful story both in text and photos. Your son is a wonderful human being, no doubt due to your impact. Thank you ever so much for everything!

  7. How sweet! Heck yeah, I'll take a bracelet.

    Kinda got choked up at their good-bye hug and promise of brownies. Sigh.

  8. That is such a brave little boy. I read the first line, and couldn't stop reading on:) Yes I agree, it must have been a GREAT day for both families. An inspiring story for ALL

  9. I have my bracelet!!

    Sent to me by my sweetheart. Alissa.

  10. What a wonderful gift Brian gave to Will, after Will has given so much of himself. Thanks Brian!!! Clay and I got all teary-eyed reading this...


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