With the Shell Houston Open just weeks away, a Georgia family is gearing up for the following tournament in the PGA Tour by spreading awareness to golf patrons and professionals around the county of the #WearWhiteforWilliam movement that will take place on April 05, 2017 on "family day" at the Masters.
William Thompson IV, a vivacious, bright, golf-loving, twelve year old, was suddenly taken from this world on 1/30/17. An illness struck him hard and turned out to be a lethal case of bacterial meningitis. Now, six weeks later, his father, Bill Thompson, seeks to raise awareness of the illness, honor the memory of his son, and celebrate the lives that were able to be continued through the selfless gift of organ donation.
Two days after William passed, the students at his middle school rallied together to participate in a “White Out” to show their solidarity and pay respect to their classmate. The movement was known as #WearWhiteforWilliam. Bill Thompson hopes to continue that movement at the Masters, as William was an avid lover of golf. He shared a birthday with Tiger Woods and never hesitated to join his father and grandfather as they spent their time on the green.
“He was my only child. His mother is heartbroken. And so am I,” Thompson says. But on April 5th, 2017, a day that is also known as “family day,” at the Masters, the Thompson family is asking Augusta, and more specifically the patrons of the tournament and golf professionals, to #WearWhiteforWilliam.