Cluny Lavache, assistant principal at Bedford Academy, said Williams’ positive attitude in the face of adversity has spurred people to help him.

“He touches your heart,” she said. “He has a lot of people looking out for him.”

Wayne Harris, who works in the Department of Education’s Office for Students in Temporary Housing, is one of those people.

He helped him apply for college and financial aid, and let him use the phones and computers in his office.

This fall, Williams will be a freshman at upstate Sullivan County Community College, paying for his first year with $15,000 in grants. He hopes to become a doctor.

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