He lived ready... Aaron S. Williams, 29, passed away February 4, 2010 following a long, proud and fierce battle with kidney cancer. A valiant warrior, he lived his life with graceful purpose. Diagnosed with cancer at the age of 16, Aaron deliberately marched to the beat of a different drum, defying all medical odds to graduate from Brentwood Christian High School in 1999 and the University of Texas in 2004 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. His talents were employed as a Research Engineer at U.T.'s Center for Electro-Mechanics. Aaron taught us how to live. His indomitable spirit, unwavering obsession for Star Wars and gaming, selfless love for family and friends, and contagious passion for Christ inspired all.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

My Other Brother

It's not often that you get to add to your family, but I have been blessed to add both a sister and a brother to mine!  Back in '95, my brother Aaron became best friends with Aaron.  They would delight in getting together to play the Star Wars CCG, spewing Star Wars trivia ad infinitum, and doing whatever wholesome teenage guys do when they're together.  One afternoon when Mom and I went to pick up my Aaron from the Williams' house, I met Aaron's sister, Choi.  It turned out that we both loved cats and that we both had limited patience for our Aarons' obsession with Star Wars.  And voila!  A sisterhood was born.

Over time, our families melded... to the point where Choi and Aaron's parents became Aaron's and my M2 and D2.  I could always talk with Choi about anything, and "her" Aaron quickly became my "other brother" - always ready with a tease or a hug, a serious conversation or silly plotting.  His brotherliness is what I will always cherish... and miss.

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