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On September 11, 2019, Scott Williams was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme, arguably the deadliest type of cancer and a disease with no known cause and no known cure. Despite being the most common malignant brain tumor in adults, no notable improvement has been made in survival rates in three decades.   
After successful surgery and multiple means of attacking the disease, Williams has passed the median life expectancy for GBM.   
"I have been blessed by countless people who have cared for my wife and me emotionally and financially. So while I’m still able, I want to bless others who find themselves struggling with brain cancer, especially GBM. 
In the days after my brain surgery, I was enormously impacted by Scott Hamilton’s message to Live Your Days.  His encouragement to stay strong and positive helped me to think first of others.  I grew up not far from the Natchez Trace in Jackson, Mississippi, and have long wanted to cycle the entire 444 miles of the historic parkway." - Scott Williams

In 2021, Williams partnered with CARES to make that life-long goal a reality, biking all 444 miles of the Natchez Trace while raising over $30,000.  
“Despite being diagnosed with this aggressive, terminal illness, God has graciously blessed me with great health, unlike so many others with my diagnosis. GBM is a disease with no known cause and no known cure, and one that usually leaves a trace of cancer cells behind, even after the most successful of surgeries. I just want to use this gift of health to bless others while I’m still able.”  - Scott Williams
Inspired by Scott Williams' commitment to fundraising and advocacy for Glioblastoma Multiforme,  CARES Founder Scott Hamilton committed to join Williams for the 2nd Annual Erase the Trace ride in 2022.  When Williams had an unfortunate training accident that resulted in a broken collarbone, Hamilton completed the ride in his honor.
"Last year’s Erase The Trace inspired me like no other event we have ever done. The hope, drive, and bravery of Glioblastoma patient Scott Williams awakened a part of my heart that I hadn’t realized needed awakening. The instant we welcomed Scott to the finish line at the end of his ride, I knew it was something I had to do.  I am so excited to know that with each push of the pedal, we are getting that much closer to positively changing outcomes for people facing brain cancer.” - Scott Hamilton