Making a wish come true for a Georgia teenager suffering from leukemia is the goal of the “Hats of Hope” event being planned by the Convoy for the Kids trucker charity group at the Mid America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville next week. While 13-year old August Williams of Waynesville GA has been battled leukemia, she’s been trying to collect hats, bennies and caps to help other sick children cope with the day-to-day sadness of losing their hair due to the harsh chemical treatments necessary to save their lives.
Charles Claburn, president of the Convoy for the Kids charity, said his group has been receiving cases of hats donated from truckers, trucking companies and country music entertainers and has also organized a special collection to take place during MATS.
Afterwards, a truck driving team along with others from the convoy group will help transport the hats from Louisville to Williams’ home – a delivery she knows nothing about, Claburn said. “She’s not aware that a group of truckers are going to deliver her dream right to her hometown,” he said
In addition to the convoy delivering the “Hats of Hope,” a national foundation is being established in Williams’ name and she will become its national spokesperson as the campaign is taken to a national level, Claburn added.