Truckers honor teen's cancer struggle: 'We came together for her'
EUGENE, Ore. -- A convoy of trucks started their trip up I-5 near Eugene Saturday morning as they headed to Vancouver, Wash. for 15-year-old Hannah Williams' memorial service. Williams passed away late last month from brain cancer.
The group of truckers decked out their rigs with purple mementos off the Coburg Road exit of Interstate 5 as a tribute to Hannah's life. The convoy is driving from Eugene to the Clark County Fairgrounds where family and friends will be gathering for the Vancouver girl's memorial service.
California truck driver Tina Comer said the group met up through the West Coast Log Trucker Facebook site. Hannah's father, fellow log trucker Jeff Roberts, shared Hannah's story during her battle with brain cancer.
"This little girl showed such strength and perseverance through something that none of us can imagine happening," said Comer. "We all came together for her we work in the same industry as her father and it was a common ground."
Hannah passed away on October 23 from neuro pino blastoma, a rare form of cancer that affects mostly children.
Many people in the convoy said that seeing Hannah's efforts of getting out and enjoying life in spite of her cancer was an inspiration.
"Trips that she would go on. Hikes behind waterfalls all with such a beautiful smile. It just really touched me," said Comer.
Supporters started their journey at 9 a.m. Saturday, scheduled to arrive at the fairgrounds at noon for the start of Hannah's service.
"She was a very special girl," said Eugene trucker Larry Brown. "I met her a couple of times at truck shows. She loved trucks!"
Members of the convoy said they also hope their trek down I-5 will spread cancer awareness. A separate convoy will be departing in northern Washington, headed to Vancouver as well.