Tucker Richard Wyatt Williams
Born: February 1, 2006
Died: December 17, 2014 (Oshawa, Ontario)
Tucker Williams was a child lacrosse player who was diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma, a rare form of cancer. Immediately following surgery on his throat, he asked for potato chips, causing a nurse to describe him as “braver than brave.” Those three words became a rallying cry in the Ontario lacrosse community and were used to raise funds to support his family through the boy’s treatment, which included a bone-marrow transplant from an older brother.
Despite his illness, Williams played in a tyke championship game in a tournament at Brampton, ont., scoring three goals for his Oshawa team in a 4-1 victory. The boy won the Irene McCauley Memorial Award for showing courage and passion for lacrosse. He played for the Oshawa Minor Generals and the Oshawa Blue Knights.
Tucker died at home, age 8. His father, Shawn Williams, was a popular lacrosse player with the Buffalo Bandits.