Former Greenville High football coach Jeremy Williams to be honored tonight at Christ Community Church

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 27, 2013 

It was planned to be an evening to honor former Greenville High football coach Jeremy Williams with donations to help with his many medical bills.

Tonight's honoree remains the same, but at Williams' request, any funds donated will be going to help students attend a Fellowship of Christian Athletes camp.

"It doesn't surprise me that the coach would do something like that. He is that kind of special person," said Lamar Weaver, the area director for the West Central Georgia FCA.

Weaver said he was told by Williams' wife, Jennifer, that the coach has had athletes go to FCA camp and that five were saved while there.

There is no admission for the event that begins at 7 p.m. at Christ Community Church on Milgen Road.

Singer Allen Levi will be the emcee and will perform several songs. Levi is a former attorney who has recorded 15 CDs of original material. He is also the author of a children's book "Oliviatown" inspired by his song of the same title.

Weaver said it was Levi's idea to hold the event at which Williams' courageous story will be told.

Williams, 41, was diagnosed with ALS in 2008. The fatal condition, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, affects nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain. It affects speech, swallowing and breathing. The wheelchair bound Williams continued to coach at the Greenville, Ga., school through the 2010 season. He now uses a feeding tube, and a tracheostomy tube helps him breathe.

In 2010, the television show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" built his family a house in Pine Mountain Valley.

He was the subject of a documentary called "Season of a Lifetime."

Weaver said Williams has always had a passion for the FCA, a national organization which since 1954 has had as its vision, according to its website, "to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of athletes and coaches."

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