Doctor receives anonymous blessing

ENGLEWOOD — William “Doc” Williams’ motorized wheelchair was stolen Monday, but thanks to an anonymous donor, he has more reason to be grateful to a loving community.

A local resident was going to sell her wheelchair at a yard sale, but decided to donate it to the retired Englewood doctor after learning about his plight. The woman contacted the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday to arrange the donation, according to CCSO spokeswoman Debbie Bowe.

“The donor said she felt the need to pay it forward since she no longer needed the chair,” Bowe said.

Crime Prevention Specialist Dale Phillips contacted Williams about the donation.

“I accepted the chair on the condition that in the event I get my chair back, that I can pass this on to someone else who needs it,” Williams said.

The chair is scheduled for delivery at Williams’ Euston Avenue home Friday morning.

“It would be my obligation and responsibility to God and the community to respond by maintaining that spirit to care for and love one another,” Williams said. “Got a little thing I typed for the donor to thank the person. This shows we still have those within the community who still care.”

Williams’ daughter, who occasionally uses the chair due to back injuries, had to abandon it near the corner of Edmonton and Euston avenues after its batteries died. The chair, valued at $6,000, was reported stolen shortly thereafter. A witness reportedly saw a white pickup with three white males slow down near the chair.

Anyone with information is asked to call the CCSO at 941-639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).


About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News,, and Tampa Tribune.
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