The sun was shining bright on 7-year-old Keegan Williams’ new backyard ice-skating rink.
The school bus dropped him off at the end of the street and he rushed home.
Keegan had no idea what shenanigans Make a Wish Michigan had in store for him, but he’d soon find out.
A surprise visit from the Grand Rapids Griffin’s mascot, Griff, and a one-on-one skating session.
A goody bag stuffed full of Griffins swag.
And Jan. 28 being officially proclaimed “Keegan Williams Day” in the City of Wyoming, Michigan.
Keegan wasted no time cutting the ribbon on his new ice rink and jumping onto the ice.
“Every day he gets off the bus and he just wants to skate,” his mom, Raeann Elliott, said. “He’ll stay out here until dark if I don’t bring him back inside.”
Keegan has been battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia for nearly three years. This wish marks the end of treatment being very near.
“He is doing well,” Dr. Cornelius said. “And to look at him, you couldn’t tell that he is being treated for cancer.”
Keegan will complete treatment at the Ethie Haworth Children’s Cancer Center of Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in April.
His father, Keith Williams, said the entire process has been much easier with the continued support of the community.
“Make a Wish and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital are simply amazing organizations,” he said. “We are beyond blessed.”
Keegan and Griff continued to skate and slap the hockey puck back and forth as the sun began to set on the ice.
Keith joked about now needing a Zamboni for the backyard.
He and Keegan enjoy the outdoors and spend a lot of time hunting and fishing in the summer.
As far as ice skating goes, Keegan honed his skills over the past few years. He started skating in 2018 but had to take a break during treatment.
He was back at it as soon as he could, Raeann said.
“The smile on this guy’s face is the reward for what he’s been through,” she said, as she teared up with a big smile.