A few weeks ago, a young boy with a rare form of leukemia died after spending weeks in a Cincinnati hospital bed.
But the boy’s name is etched into a stone marker in a rural area of Ohio.
That’s because of a small animal hospital in a town near the Ohio River, where the family of a man named Bill Wilson decided to pay tribute to the boy, named Billie, who died at age 13 from a rare and aggressive form of the disease.
The family had hoped to name the tombstone “Billie’s tombstone,” but after the boy was released from the hospital, his parents said they decided to put his name on a monument instead.
The memorial service for Billie Wilson was a fitting tribute, said Billie’s mother, Kim Wilson.
“He didn’t deserve to be buried like that,” Kim Wilson said.
“It was a good decision.
It was the right thing to do.”
The memorial is the only one in Ohio with a Billie family.
And the memorial is also the only place in Ohio where the names of Billie and his family are inscribed.
“I can’t even explain it, but I feel like Billie is a special person and I feel that he deserved to be honored like that, and he’s here,” Kim said.
A memorial service will take place Friday, Nov. 3, at the Hillside Cemetery in Hillside, Ohio.
The burial site is in the town of Hillside near Cleveland, where Billie lived for four years after moving from West Virginia.
“We want to honor his life, and the memories of him, and to bring him home,” said Mark Ewing, who owns a construction company and works with animals.
“Billies story is really important to us, and we are doing what we can to bring Billie home.”
Ewing said the memorial will honor the family’s desire to “make sure we don’t forget them,” and that they wanted a memorial service to be held so the family could remember Billie.
Ewing was the one who made the decision to honor Billie by erecting the monument.
“When I first saw the idea for it, I was like, ‘Man, this is going to be a lot of work,'” Ewing told Fox News.
“And we did it.
We had to get the stone cut out, the metal cast, and all the rest of the materials.
We also had to build a plaque, but that was all done in-house.”
A $25,000 grant from the Hillshade Community Foundation helped pay for the monument, Ewing added.
Billie died at the age of 12 in March 2011.
His family plans to pay for his burial with his parents’ money.
The stone memorial will be placed in front of a statue of Bill Wilson at the cemetery.
“This is a tribute to Billie,” said Ewing.
“You can see his story on the plaque.
You can even see the inscription on the stone.
It says, ‘The name of Bill’ in large letters.”
The family has no plans to erect a statue for Billies life story, but will put it up in his honor, Ewings said.
The inscription on Billie will say “To Billie the dog.”
Billie had been sick for several weeks when he died.
His father, Joe, said the boy never seemed to get better, and was unable to go anywhere for more than a few weeks at a time.
“If he could, he would be dead right now,” Joe Wilson said of Bill.
“Because he didn’t make it.”
He said Bill was a “lovable, gentle, sweet, goofy, funny little guy” who was a great friend to his family.
Bill Wilson was born on July 23, 1952, and died on April 4, 2011.
The boy was diagnosed with Stage 2B lymphoma at the time, according to a statement from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
Bill was taken in by the Cincinnati Zoo and received his first bone marrow transplant in 2003.
After four years, he was given a bone marrow shot.
In his first year of life, Bill lived in Cincinnati.
After his cancer recurred, Bill moved to West Virginia, where he worked as a dog groomer and then as a landscaper, his family said.
Bill worked for the Cincinnati Police Department, but was fired after being arrested for shoplifting in 2014.
The following year, he pleaded guilty to shoplifting and was sentenced to one year of probation, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
In December 2015, Bill Wilson died.
A neighbor told The Cincinnati En-quirer that Bill had a very short life.
“They told me he was just a good dog,” the neighbor told the paper.
“All they wanted to do was take care of him.”
In May 2016, Cincinnati police issued an arrest warrant for Bill Wilson