Liam Wilson is a superhero in training

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Liam Wilson is a book author and philanthropist who enjoys the chance to do random acts of kindness.

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To honour his late grandfather, for example, he recently organized and distributed 30 gift baskets with a dual Thanksgiving/Halloween theme.

As Liam Wilson is six years old, this required quite an investment of time away from the all-consuming work of being a little boy.

“That’s how Liam came into the world. He’d give you the shirt off his back,” says his mother, Deana Wilson.

And he’s a lot like her late father, the grandfather Liam loves so much.

“He’s just like my dad. My father always spoke to random people, always made time for people, always had time for coffee, a smile, a friendly wave. Liam is the same,” Deana Wilson said. “He’s already talking about doing Christmas Eve boxes for people who need them.”

Liam is a Grade 1 student in Milton and a fan of the Maple Leafs. He’s a Valentine’s baby, born Feb. 14, and as an infant was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.

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Liam outside SickKids. SUPPLIED PHOTO
Liam outside SickKids. SUPPLIED PHOTO

Last year he wrote a book — Liam, Strong As A Tree — to raise awareness about his condition. It has sold more than 1,000 copies and won a Reader’s Choice Award.

Liam, Strong As A Tree is by Liam and Meghan Behse and illustrator Leesa Ervin. It’s about his adventures in kindergarten and also shows the compassion and support Liam got from his school buddies when CF made his health precarious.

His health these days is generally good, said his mother.

Of course, recent news that Canada will now fund life-changing Vertex drugs for the 4000 CF patients in this country means that Liam can expect to have a normal, healthy life.

“We just bawled when that news came down,” said Deana Wilson. “It’s like you can finally take a breath.”

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Liam and his mother have always shared a house with her parents, so Liam has a particularly close relationship with his grandparents.

His grandfather died of cancer earlier this year. Liam, said his mother, stuck by his grandad’s side during his final illness.

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“My dad’s birthday is in October, so this year Liam wanted to do something in his honour. My dad’s favourite holiday was Halloween, and it’s Liam’s too, so he decided to do personalized baskets for people.”

The baskets contain useful items, a few decorations and, of course, a handful of Halloween candy. SUPPLIED PHOTO
The baskets contain useful items, a few decorations and, of course, a handful of Halloween candy. SUPPLIED PHOTO

The baskets contain useful items, a few decorations and, of course, a handful of Halloween candy. Liam gave them to people whose lives had been touched by his grandfather — like the neighbours who helped when his grandad was sick — as well as to a few school friends and teachers.

“It was supposed to be five baskets,” said Deana Wilson, “but Liam kept saying, ‘I think we missed someone,’ and adding more.

Liam in his Maple Leafs sweater. SUPPLIED PHOTO
Liam in his Maple Leafs sweater. SUPPLIED PHOTO

“He really loved his grandfather and wanted to do something for everyone.”

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Has the boy who loves Halloween already decided who he’s going to be on that special night?

Of course, he has, his mom confirmed.

“He’s going to be The Flash.”

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