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Heart recipient is American Legion essay contest winner
Winning entry by CMS Amari Williams entered into Congressional Record
Amari Williams
Camden Middle School student Amari Williams shows off a box containing an American Flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in honor of his writing a winning American Legion Auxiliary essay contest and a bound certificate noting the flags use. S.C. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham had Amaris essay entered into the official Senates Congressional Record on May 22. Celebrating with Amari during CMS second semester 6th grade awards ceremony are (l. to r.) Yvette D. Rowland, Grahams Midlands regional director; Cynthia Weatherby, Southern Division chair of the Auxiliarys Americanism Committee; and CMS Principal Byron Johnson. - photo by Martin L. Cahn
Nearly three years ago, in November 2012, Amari Williams finished four months in intensive care waiting for and then receiving a new heart. He had been diagnosed six months earlier with dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition where the heart becomes weak and enlarged, causing it not to pump blood efficiently. Thanks to the United Network for Organ Sharing and its Transplant Living service.