"The story of Will is simple, but profound. It helps us all realize the importance
of kindness and support when others are hurting. Without much effort,
each of us has the capacity to help heal the body and the soul.
'Will Found A Way' and so can we."
Benjamin S. Carson Sr., M.D.
Professor Emeritus of Neurosurgery
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Will is a simple, humble lamb who has traveled around the world for many years, bringing love and comfort to those who need it the most.
How it all began
The journey began with a trip to a hospital in Dayton, Ohio, to quietly watch over Madeline, a beloved grandmother, following an extremely serious car accident.
When her son, Paul, got the call about the accident, he quickly plucked a stuffed animal from his children’s wicker toy basket, placed it on the dashboard of the family van, and made the four-hour trip to Dayton.
The stuffed animal was delivered to Madeline…and remained with her through her five-month hospital stay. He gave visitors something to talk about during the day--and also provided comfort when her family had to leave the hospital each night.
Once Madeline recovered, this beloved stuffed animal continued to travel, visiting other friends and family members who were facing their own medical or personal challenges. The more he traveled, the more meaning he seemed to carry to the next person along the way.
And, whenever he returned home for a visit, he arrived with great stories of love and courage to share.
After many years of bringing comfort to a small group of family and friends, it was clear that he needed to be shared with the world. That is why we created "Will Found A Way."
How it works
Will always seems to find a way to help those who need it. Some people share Will with others who are facing a difficult time. Others give Will as a gift to keep. And some buy Will and lovingly keep him forever.
Will is a beloved friend for those:
- In the hospital
- Traveling alone
- Facing an illness
- Going to a new school
- Losing a loved one
- Going to camp for the first time
- Recovering from surgery
- Feeling lonely
- Concerned about losing a job or home
- Needing courage
- Going to college
- Joining the military
- Moving away from home
- Beginning a new adventure.
We hope Will brings love and comfort to you.
The "Life with Will" journal was created so that everyone can track Will's travels, keep track of visitors, document their own personal journey, compile inspirational messages, gather wishes from others...and more.
A Related Back-Story: The Story of the Orange
While waiting for takeout from a small Chinese restaurant in Chicago one snowy day, I was having an internal dialogue about successfully introducing Will and his story to the rest of the world when a departing employee caught my eye. I watched her leave the restaurant, open the door to a waiting SUV, and gather a handful of oranges. She then returned to the restaurant and thoughtfully delivered the oranges to each of the remaining employees, who accepted them very gratefully.
As I watched this unusual exchange, a strange thought popped into my head: “Maybe all I need to be successful is an orange.”
Of course I chose not to say anything, and the woman left the restaurant.
And then she returned.
Without a word, she opened the door and simply handed an orange to me. I smiled in disbelief. And thanked her. She smiled in return. "You are welcome," she said, and exited again, the door closing quietly behind her.
That is why Will has an orange on the pad of his foot.
Sometimes it’s the simplest things that make the difference. Things like an orange. A visit from a friend. A simple lamb like Will.