Jungmin William Hovis

Jungmin William Hovis was born on October 20, 2007, in Seoul, Korea.  He came home to us in July of 2008, filling our home and our lives with joy, laughter, and love.  Will grew up being a natural at almost everything, and in twelve years he played almost every known sport, hiked the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim, played the trumpet, whitewater rafted, snowboarded, snorkeled, surfed, fished, crabbed, and did a thousand other wonderful things a kid can do.  In short, Will LIVED.  But more important than what Will did in 12 years is the way he did it - most humbly, with grace, kindness, and an absolute joy for everything life has to offer.  His smile, laugh, and love inspired everyone around him.  A letter from his 5th grade teacher described him perfectly:   

"I want to tell you very sincerely that I loved having Will in my class last year. He very truly brought sunshine with him from the very first day he walked in the class. Some kids are just like that. What was truly remarkable, days and weeks and months after his treatments started, was that he STILL brought sunshine with him into the classroom. Despite everything he goes through, it is in his nature to pick up the people around him." 

William is missed beyond measure and continues to be loved deeply by his family and friends. 

As Will's parents it was our greatest honor to walk through life with him, to be with him in times of joy and sorrow, and to witness his incredible, unwavering spirit. For the rest of our lives we will try to Walk Like Will.

Diagnosis Date:
January 2019

Age at Diagnosis:
12 years old.

Type of Brain Cancer:
Glioblastoma Multiforme

Summary of Treatment:
6 cycles of high-dose chemo over 8 months.
1 bone marrow transplant.
5 brain surgeries.
3 months of proton radiation to whole brain and spine. 

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