Welcoming Eli Home From The Hospital In A Huge Way

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) - Fighting back against cancer brought hundreds of people together in Athens Friday night for a welcome home celebration like none other.

After nine months of treatment at St. Jude's in Memphis for Medulloblastoma, seven-year-old Eli Williams came home to his neighborhood filled with hundreds of people cheering him on along his police-escorted route to his front door. 

Hundreds of people welcome Eli Williams home after 9 months of cancer treatment. (Photo by Matt Kroschel WHNT)

Friends and family made signs, held balloons and chanted as Eli went past. Friends from his school, and church say it was the least they could do to let Eli know how happy they are to see him home again.

In addition to Friday evening's welcome home celebration, several of Eli's friends are running in the St. Jude marathon, half marathon and 5K as “St. Jude Heroes” to honor Eli and other children they know who have had or currently have cancer.  The team’s goal is to raise money for St. Jude's so that Eli, as well as other children who suffer from childhood cancers, can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they need at no cost to their families. For more information about the run Click Here.

The family has a blog they update information about Eli's progress here.