Dear Snoqualmie Valley community …

Letters to the Editor

  • Friday, October 3, 2008 5:48am
  • Opinion

Many of you know about our son, Caleb Williams. He was injured in a fall at Blue Hole on the Snoqualmie River on June 20. The last few months have been phenomenal, not only in his healing, but also in the amazing support we have experienced from the community.

After five weeks at Harborview, two months at home (much of the time in a coma) and four weeks at Children’s Hospital rehab, Caleb has rejoined his friends as a part-time student at Mount Si. He has become fairly independent, and he has a very positive attitude as he adjusts to the changes he has experienced.

We have had the privilege of experiencing some very positive actions from local youth. Five young men acted with great maturity when they rescued Caleb. Not only did they save him from drowning, they kept his airway clear and stopped him from being swept away by the current as they waited for help.

Many students from the area have supported us throughout this time. They faithfully visited Caleb at Harborview, at our home and at Children’s Hospital. They made cards for Caleb, our other children and the Harborview staff. A large group of over 20 students cleaned our home and did our yard work once a week for the entire summer. They organized bracelet fund raisers and donation cans at local community events, local businesses and the middle and high schools. They also created a DVD video tribute for Caleb and used it as a fund raiser at the middle and high schools. We are honored to know these young men and women and they will always be close to our hearts.

Throughout this whole experience, we have enjoyed the true meaning of community in a way we have never before known. To say “thank you” seems so inadequate, and yet we want each person to know how much they have meant to us. We do not even know all the people who have supported us through this time. Please accept this note of gratitude if you were involved in any way in helping us.

Businesses offered food, services, therapy and training for us and Caleb; displayed donation cans; sold bracelets; and donated items for an auction. School district staff visited Caleb; supported the hurting friends during finals week; sent cards, gifts and flowers; offered us support and places to stay in Seattle; and worked with us to get Caleb back into the school community. Church and community friends prayed for us; visited and sat with us in the emergency room and ICU; sent meals, cards, gifts and flowers; provided rides and overnight stays for our daughter; organized, attended and donated for a fund-raiser auction; built a wheelchair ramp for our home; installed a bar in our shower; organized student helpers in our home; stayed with Caleb day or night to give us rest; organized bracelet/donation can fund raisers; provided medical supplies for Caleb; finished our outside painting project; and towed and repaired a car.

We realize we are not aware of all the things that have been done to support us, but we know each act of kindness has been pivotal in Caleb’s recovery process. Our family is very thankful to be part of this community.

Andy, Kim, Josh, Caleb and Sarah Williams


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in Opinion

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact
2022 will be a trial run for 2024 for conservatives | Roegner

Our democracy withstood an attempted coup last Jan. 6, but the planning… Continue reading

Robert Whale can be reached at
Good night, John Boy, from another generation | Whale

When I was growing up in the 1970s, like many others I… Continue reading

Photo courtesy of Greg Asimakoupoulos
Jan. 6, 2021: A date that will live in infamy | Guest column

Jan. 6, 2021. Sadly, for most Americans, that date has become one… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact
Are we driving more recklessly during the pandemic? | Roegner

Have you noticed — pre-snowstorm — more people taking chances with reckless… Continue reading

Robert Whale can be reached at
Don’t fool yourself: COVID’s tentacles are long enough to reach even you | Robert Whale

From March 2020 until recently, it seemed to me that COVID-19 always… Continue reading

Guest columnist Greg Asimakoupoulos is chaplain at Covenant Living at the Shores in Mercer Island.
The cruising altitude of Christmas | Guest column

While flying back east over the holidays to speak at a church,… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact
Violent crime moves local mayors to action | Roegner

It is Christmas throughout the region, and Jim Ferrell, Nancy Backus, Dana… Continue reading

Sean Su (left), a first-generation Taiwanese American activist, was born to Taiwanese immigrants who escaped to the U.S. in the 1980s. Courtesy photo
Understanding the Taiwanese perspective | Guest column

Being Asian in America is a complex experience primarily because the term… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact
Speculation on who might run in 2022 elections | Roegner

If you’re not planning to run for office in 2022, you can… Continue reading