CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – A Conway woman who risked her life to help an elderly woman get her purse back from a robber is celebrating a homecoming.
In November 2009, Brenda Williams tried to stop a purse snatcher in the parking lot of a K-Mart off Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. During her struggle with the robber, Williams was run over by a car.
The incident left her in a coma and paralyzed. Since the tragedy, the community has come together to help Williams and her family and plan on celebrating her homecoming on Saturday at her home in Conway.
Williams' son Lucius said his mother considers the homecoming a rebirth.
"Her new birthday is April 23 - the day that she is coming home," he explained.
"I can't wait to see my kids my dog and all those special people. I appreciate everything everybody is doing. I'm truly overwhelmed, " said Williams.
People in the community have called Williams a "hero with a huge heart."
"I've always been proud of my mom. I've never met another woman like her. It may sound cliché, but I've never met another woman like her. She's superwoman to me, " said Williams.
"To hear her, it makes me weep and it makes me weep because of how positive she is," Evins Nicholson, a family friend, said.
Because of Williams unselfish and caring reputation, people in the Grand Strand have followed in her footsteps. Palmetto Custom Floors is making her home handicap accessible and the Christ Community Church is making a donation for a handicap van at Saturday's homecoming celebration.
Jim Marshall is a member of the church and explains why he wants to lend a hand.
"To know what she did and know what the outcome was and how she still loves god and still believes god has a plan for her is a wonderful thing to me," said Marshall.
Williams' son said he has always thought of his mother as a beautiful person, but the outpouring of support has opened his eyes even more.
"You never realize what you have until it's gone," he said. "I was fortunate enough for my mom to still be here, but it was a wakeup call and I realized how much she sacrificed for me and my sister."
The homecoming celebration is Saturday at noon at her home on Jessica Lakes in Conway.