Dr. Lisa T. Williams

USC Aiken alumna Dr. Lisa T. Williams will speak about her family’s challenge with pediatric cancer at the university’s December Convocation for graduates at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Convocation Center.

In February 2012, one of Williams’ sons, MJ, was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor and was referred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

Williams, now a family nurse practitioner and a former nursing professor at USC Columbia, and MJ share their story to bring awareness to bullying, childhood cancer and support for St. Jude.

Their experience inspired Williams to write and publish a children’s fantasy about a young boy who discovers the true meaning of magic while going through cancer treatment at a magical children’s research hospital.

The book is the first of a children’s fantasy series that Williams hopes will someday allow her to give back significantly to St. Jude for saving her son’s life, according to a news release from USCA.

Williams was the 2010-11 Teacher of the Year in the USC College of Nursing. She received the 2011 Health Care Hero Award from “Columbia Regional Business Report,” was the 2012 Palmetto Gold Recipient from the S.C. Nurses Foundation and was named the 2013-14 Young Alumnus of the Year from the USC College of Nursing.

Williams and her husband, Maurice Holloway, are the owners, operators and CEOs of Option One Trucking. They have another son, Logan.