Freddie Williams enlisted in the US Navy in 1970 and served two years as a deckhand bosun mate and fire control technician on the USS Lockwood DE-1064. After his active-duty service, he went into the active reserves for two years and worked with the Seabees out of Fort McHenry in Baltimore, MD.
As a civilian, Freddie worked in material management at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and at Bethlehem Steel for 27 years as a welder in the shipyard. He finished his career in 2015 as a welder with the Plumbers Steam Fitters Union, retiring due to health issues making it difficult for him to continue.
Freddie enjoys working on old cars (the 50’s and 60’s variety) and watching hot rod racing. He is also a huge football fan, with the Ravens, 49ers, and Kansas City being some of his favorite teams. Freddie's family is comprised of his fiancé Sheila, eight children, 25 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. He would love to continue being a part of their lives.
Freddie battled high blood pressure and in 2017; bloodwork showed a decline in his kidney function. Since 2018, he has been reliant on hemodialysis to sustain his life which takes its toll mentally, emotionally, and physically.
With the gift of a new kidney, Freddie would love to feel productive again by finding a job and of course, being there for Sheila and the family! He has enlisted the help of a Veteran's organization called DOVE Transplant which is helping in his outreach to find his life-saving kidney donor. DOVE will assist all prospective donors throughout the process and make sure they do not incur any out-of-pocket expenses related to the evaluation or surgery.
A healthy person can live a normal life with one kidney and save this Veteran's life! Please click on the link below if you would like to learn more OR call 551-449-8319.