Mount Union Soccer Fund Established in Memory of Wilson Patterson
December 18, 2015
ALLIANCE, OH – The Wilson G. Patterson Endowed Men’s Soccer Fund was recently established in honor of the late Wilson G. Patterson, who passed away on November 24, 2014 at the age of eight.
Wilson, son of Jaime and Robert Patterson of Berlin Center, Ohio, was diagnosed with stage IV Burkitt leukemia and lymphoma in May of 2013 at the age of seven. Although chemotherapy treatments seemed to be working, he relapsed and was set to receive a stem cell transplant.
During this time, Jaime got in touch with Team IMPACT, an organization that pairs up terminally ill children with sports teams from local colleges and universities. Wilson was matched with the University of Mount Union men’s soccer team.
“We were trying to find positive ways to keep him motivated,” Jaime said.
The first time that Wilson had the chance to meet the men’s soccer team was on April 3, 2014. The day was set up like a signing day, where Wilson was presented with a jersey, a locker and a letter of intent to play soccer at Mount Union.
“Wilson was kept in isolation for so long that he didn’t get to meet the guys too much, but they would email him and send him text messages and keep encouraging him,” said Jaime. “I can’t say enough how wonderful those boys are.”
Unfortunately, Wilson relapsed again after his transplant. The soccer team kept in touch with the family via email, and Wilson saw the soccer team for the last time in August 2014. He passed away two months later.
This past fall, Jaime took the couple’s one year-old daughter Willa – whose name was chosen by Wilson – to a Mount Union soccer game.
“[The boys] told her over and over again how she has all these big brothers now. They still will send me emails or texts to see how we’re doing,” she said.
Because the soccer players made a big difference in Wilson’s life, Barbara Berger, Jamie’s mother, pledged $15,000 payable over three years to enhance the existing soccer program by establishing the Wilson G. Patterson Endowed Men’s Soccer Fund.
“My mom wanted to do something in Wilson’s honor, and she was very touched by the soccer team and how they went above and beyond to look after Wilson,” Jaime said.