"Mike Fixing the Truck" Oil on Canvas. 30" x 24" 2019
Michael Williams was born in July of 1987 in Tyler Texas. When he was born he had the classic cafe au lait spots but very few dermal tumors. At the age of 2 1/2 Michael was initially diagnosed with NF1 which was later confirmed by specialists in Houston Texas. His was a case of NF being due to a spontaneous gene mutation as no one else in his family has it. Michael struggled in school with making friends and with certain academic classes. He graduated high school from Gladewater Texas in 2006.
Mike Fixing the Truck - Prep Sketch
In 2012 he married the love of his life who saw past his NF and encouraged him to start his own advocacy. Several years ago, Michael had several dermal tumors on his chest removed and is thankful that he has not had to have any other NF related surgeries. In 2017 Michael and his honorary sister Amber who has a son with NF hosted a donation based bake sale with all proceeds going to the Children's Tumor Foundation raising over $5000. In 2018, Michael and his family moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming where they currently reside and plan to continue raising awareness and hosting charity events to benefit NF and support families affected by it. They tried to participate in the 2019 Cupid's Undie Run and fundraised for it, but unfortunately Michael's truck broke down enroute making this painting even more relevant!