9-Year-Old Helps Childhood Cancer Patients With Sweet Treats

Monday, December 14th 2020, 5:32 pm
By: Karl Torp

A kid from Enid is proving that even at the hospital the best medicine is candy.

When Gunner Williams was 4, he hit his head so hard he was knocked unconscious.

Tests at the hospital revealed far worse than a bump.

“They said there is a tumor on his brain unrelated to the fall,” said Gunner’s mom Tammy Williams.

Gunner underwent radiation and chemotherapy treatments. He got a sucker at the end of a chemotherapy treatment.

“That’s the one thing he always looked forward to,” said Tammy Williams.

The sweet treat would help mask the bad taste in his mouth after therapy.

“Really bad,” said Gunner.

So now healthy and out of treatment, Gunner had the idea of collecting Dum Dum suckers for hospitals to give to their cancer patients.

He collected 13,000 in 2018, and this year, he was collecting again.

Businesses answered the call for donations.

In the end, the now-9-year-old collected over 69,000 Dum Dum suckers.

Monday morning, the Williams family left Enid with the pickup bed full of candy.

Right after Gunner's now annual MRI at OU Children's, he and his family made several trips inside to restock the sucker supply.

Gunner collects the suckers “to help people out at the hospital,” he said.

“He's just a giving kid. We are very proud of him,” said Tammy Williams.