|Birth: ||Dec. 10, 1986|
|Death: ||May 2, 2012|
William Kolb Olson, 25, a disciple of Christ, entered heaven sooner than he was able to accomplish his earthly goals but with tbe blessed assurance that his new life in Christ would be free of suffering and challenges. Before his 11-year battle to defeat brain cancer, William's quick intellect was enriched through academics at Mt. Bethel Elementary, Dodgen Middle, Walton High School, and Auburn University and his passion for sports was centered on sports, especially playing baseball. Life with his teammates and coaches at Fuller's Park and with East Cobb Baseball Travel teams nurtured his athletic talents, taught him how to conquer his goals, and gave him the foundation and fortitude to later seek his dreams while undergoing treatment for his relentless disease and its side effects. "The Professor," as he was called by one of his coaches, surprised us by adding fractions at age 2, computing square roots at 5 years, and despite fighting his second relapse, graduating with a chemical engineering degree from Auburn University in May 2011. In his short life, he was also a stand- up comedian, an investor, Braves fan, Auburn sports fan, a passionate proponent for sustainability, a peace seeker, a supporter of micro investing and the Heifer project, a Polysius intern, a transplant survivor, a 4th generation engineer, a warrior for childhood cancer funding, a courageous, loving and gentle soul, a scholar, a cousin, nephew, and grandson who loved being with family more than anything else, a devoted and grateful brother, and a model son who taught us all how to live life without any excuses.
At William's first relapse, friends began a thrice weekly prayer circle gathering in our driveway to pray for William's healing. For a year and a half, the prayers lifted up William and his fellow cancer buddies, and the prayer circle became the impetus to find more funding for childhood cancer research. From this, the Rally Foundation was created, which in its 6 years has awarded $3 million to fund childhood cancer research across the country. William loved Rally and would do anything to inspire someone to volunteer or donate in order to help Rally accomplish its mission to find better treatments with fewer long-term side effects, and ultimately a cure. He sought to know God's plan for his life, and although being a cancer warrior was not William's plan for his life, he was comforted knowing that his short made a difference in the battle to end childhood cancer side effects and deaths. He asks that in lieu of flowers, that you will read the Rally story and be inspired to donate to this foundation that donates 93 cents of every dollar to childhood cancer research by going to www.rallyfoundation.org or mailing donations in memory of William to 5775 Glenridge Drive, Building B, Suite 370, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
William is survived by his mama and papa, Nancy and Lee, his faithful cheerleader and caretaker sister, Claire, his loving and always supportive relatives: grandparents, Bill and Marge Kolb (Dayton OH), Aunts and Uncles: Karen and Leon (Greensboro NC), Bruce and Marilyn (Chicago IL), Deb and Rick (Traverse City MI), Laura and Roger (Cincinnati OH), Don (Dayton OH), cousins Amy (Durham NC), Anna and Michael (Birmingham AL), William Henry and Megan (Chicago IL), Brandon (Columbus OH), Rosalie and Carolyn (Cincinnati), Jeff (Chicago IL) and Jason (Albuquerque NM), Max and Nathan (Chicago IL), Henry and Wyatt (Albuquerque NM) and the next generation Lola and Ella in whom William delighted. We know his heavenly grandparents Carolyn Kolb and Bill and Geneva Olson are rejoicing in their reunion with William. Our hearts are shattered but we envision him in heaven without cancers' grip, pitching with his natural left hand, and his post-brain surgery right-handedness. Those batters are in for a surprising switch-pitcher!
We are grateful to the many friends near and far for their prayers, love, and encouragement. Our lives were blessed from the friendships and special fun-filled opportunities through the Rally Foundation, Lighthouse Family Retreat, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Camp Sunshine, Brain Tumor Foundation for Children, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, the Tim Hudson Foundation, CaringBridge.org, and gifts from so many of you. We will be forever grateful for the expertise, dedication, love, and support that William and our family received from his 7 years of care at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, guided by the ever brilliant and caring Dr. Claire Mazewski. A special thank you to all the wonderful staff at Piedmont Hospital and especially Dr. Jonas whose quick humor made treatment much more bearable.
Visitation will be Friday, May 4 from 4-7 in the Magnolia Room at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta, GA 30068
Services will be Saturday, May 5 at 2PM in the Sanctuary at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church with a reception to follow. We welcome people to wear clothing showing their association with William, such as a shirt from Camp Sunshine, Rally Foundation, or school; or hospital attire or bright colors ... we are celebrating William's life with us.
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Created by: In Memory Of My DAD
Record added: May 08, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 89765534