NORMAN — Bill Hall’s glasses were at least 10 years old. They were scratched, too. But he didn’t care. The only thing that Bill Hall really cared about were his kids.
In November 2010, Hall was diagnosed with acute leukemia. He knew his time on this earth was limited and wanted to take his children — Calista, 13, and twins Nicolas and Aubrey, 11 — on one more family vacation. Bill Hall wanted to take his kids on a trip to Disney World.
Hall wrote a letter to Memories of Love Foundation, a Florida organization that grants vacations for parents facing life-threatening illnesses, asking for help in making his dream come true. Memories of Love arranged for Hall and his children to spend five days in Florida.
The catch was that Hall had to make arrangements for their transportation. Due to his illness, Hall was unable to work, and with medical bills beginning to mount, he worried that his dream was going to be put on hold — until members of the community stepped up and helped Hall and his family.
Thanks to donations, from Jan. 7-15, Hall and his family didn’t have to think about his illness. Instead, they went on the Florida trip and made memories.
“He was up, doing well the whole time. He had his chemo treatments the week before. He got plasma before we left to make sure he could handle the trip. He was doing things all day with the kids,” said Denise Mullins, a friend of the Hall family.
At about 3 a.m. Wednesday, Bill Hall, who turned 60 in July, finally lost his fight with leukemia. Mullins said that he asked for no funeral services and Hall’s body has been cremated. Hall’s ashes will be buried in Ohio with his mother and father.
“We’ll do that sometime in the spring when the kids can be out of school. That was his wishes. Whatever money that he does have, he wants to go to the kids. He doesn’t want to be a burden on them for having a service and then dealing with a service. We are doing a memorial at the cemetery when we go up there,” Mullins said. “He got to spend an extra year and a half longer then what they really thought he would.”