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January 19, 2014

Mustang lovers everywhere plan to honor Eli Williams

ATHENS — Eli Williams, 9, is a Mustang man. And he is in good company.

This Saturday, there will be a gathering of like minds when friends display their nostalgic Mustangs bearing signature trademarks and iconic history at Lindsay Lane Baptist Church — all in Eli’s honor.

It’s an event that Lawrence Taylor-Duncan and members of the Limestone County Mustang Club devised after hearing Eli’s story.

The young Athens Bible School student is fighting cancer.

He was diagnosed Dec. 29, 2011, with high-risk medulloblastoma, a fast-growing, high-grade brain tumor.

Eli underwent therapy as a patient at St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. His cancer went into remission. However, in December — a day after his birthday — he found out his cancer has relapsed.

Lawrence, chief technology engineer and senior vice president of Techni-Core in Huntsville, was talking with a client when he first heard Eli’s story. The client, Patti Baker, knew Lawrence had a Shelby Mustang. What she might not have known was Lawrence was a member of the Limestone County and Rocket City Mustang clubs.

Lawrence approached Joseph Scott, president of the Limestone County Mustang Club, with an idea for a car show.

Joseph was all for it and that is when plans were to put together a “very informal mini car show” so Eli could see all the Mustangs up close and personal.

When news spread about the club’s intention, folks from a number of local and national clubs started calling to be a part of the event.  “Rocket City Mustang Club and other clubs got wind of it,” Lawrence said, adding people told him they were coming from Nashville, Shelbyville, Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and a number of other places to be a part of the event. “It kept growing and growing. There has been a whole outpouring of support.”

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