Not even a two-week coma could end her GCU dream

March 23, 2017 / by / 2 Comments

By Karen Fernau
GCU News Bureau

Freshman Micah Williams will attend her first Chapel at Grand Canyon University on Monday — eight months late.

She’d planned to attend Chapel in August but was derailed by a drunk driver, two weeks in a coma and months of rehabilitation.

After months of rehabilitation from a head-on car accident last year, Micah Williams will visit Chapel at Grand Canyon University for the first time Monday.

On June 9, Williams and her mother were hit head-on near their home in Lancaster, Calif., by a woman police said was impaired by alcohol and drugs.

Instead of living on campus, Williams is spending her freshman year learning to walk, talk, eat and dress herself.

“I hit my head in the accident, and, when I came out of my coma, I had to learn to do everything again,” she said. “The trip will help remind me of how far I’ve come and of what I saw in GCU the first time I visited.”

Inspired by her gritty determination, GCU invited Williams and her family to Chapel, scheduled for 11:15 a.m. Monday at GCU Arena. Pastor Kent DelHousaye of Bethany Bible Church in Phoenix will be the guest speaker.  

“Her spirit has been so strong that we are bringing her to campus as a way to honor her and inspire others,” said Victoria Banks, a California-based GCU admissions counselor who walked Williams through the application process.

For Williams, GCU is more than just her college of choice. It’s the carrot she has kept dangling in front of her to help power her through rehabilitation.

“When I came out of the coma, I knew I wanted to get better so I could go GCU,” she said. “I kept working toward that goal.”

All it took was a field trip as a Quartz Hill High School student to GCU for Williams to choose the private Christian university in Phoenix.

Williams was so confident that GCU and “its Christian, friendly, homey feeling” was the right choice that she never bothered applying elsewhere.

“She knew that GCU was where she was supposed to be,” Banks said. “She didn’t need a trip or to fill out any other applications. GCU was her only choice.”

Williams was trapped in a coma when Banks learned about the accident from the 18-year-old’s mother, Shineen Hudson Williams, who also was injured in the crash.

“I prayed with her mother,” she said. “Our whole team began praying for Micah and her family.”

The day Williams came out of a coma, her mother called Banks.

“Erica told me that one of the first things Micah asked about was going to GCU,” Banks said.

Banks has no doubt that Williams, a kinesiology major who is taking online classes at GCU while recovering, will move into campus housing in August to begin classes.

“She’ll pick up where she left off. She’s a very determined young woman,” Banks said.

On Monday, she hopes to join Williams, her parents and sister at Chapel and meet the family for the first time.

“We have all talked so much on the phone that I feel I know them well,” she said. “I’d love to watch Micah receive the praise she deserves.”

Williams considers Monday’s Chapel more benchmark than honor: “Going to Chapel means I am getting closer to being the GCU student I want to be.”

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2 Responses
  1. Kyndra Franklin Rayford

    Amen!!! I know God didn’t bring you this far without seeing you through the rest of your journey! Your Texas Family loves you and we will continue praying for you. Without a doubt we all know you will succeed in your professional life because you have truly succeeded in more ways spiritually than we in the flesh can imagine! Kisses and hugs!

    Cousin ,
    Kyndra & David
    Key, Dee and Chasity & Charity

    Mar.27.2017 at 1:13 pm
  2. Greg

    I am so proud of my niece and so in awe of my God for what he has brought her through and my sister. So many people are praying for that young lady and our prayers have been answered. Thank you Lord

    Mar.27.2017 at 9:00 pm
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