Posted By Joe Welder
Welding Shop a Wish Come True

Found a very inspirational article today about a high school senior that was granted the wish of a lifetime after he was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor.  Luckily, Bill Stadelman was able to make a complete recovery.  As part of his recovery, the Central New York Make-a-Wish foundation was able to provide him with his very own welding shop!  Bill got the hook up with a converted barn housing his welding shop, a plasma cutter, band saw, and all kinds of accessories.

Bill’s favorite courses in school were the welding classes he took.  With a brand new welding shop to call his own, Bill is well on his way to making a living in the welding industry.

By Valerie Zehl

Bill Stadelman doesn’t usually smile, his sisters say.

On Wednesday afternoon, though, the 18-year-old was grinning ear to ear.

The Newark Valley High School senior is the latest recipient of a big surprise from the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York.

Despite the weather and the lack of a street sign on his rural road, more than a dozen people converged to see Bill’s reaction when the door to his new welding shop yawned open.


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1 Comment found


    I am Billy’s mom. Billy was granted his wish of a welding shop by Make A Wish. He received the shop in December of 2010. He graduated high school with a regents diploma in June of 2011. He worked very hard on his education. He also took the BOCES Welding class and passed it. He loved his shop and welding but fate just was not with him, his brain tumor came back in May of 2011. Even though Billy fought hard and honorably the cancer was a formidable foe. We lost Billy on October 11 2011. Since Billy’s death his younger sister Lora has taken over his shop and equipment. Lora took the BOCES Welding class and got her certification. She was accepted at Alfred State College in the welding program and starts class in the fall. Billy had planned on going to Alfred. Lora has in fact gotten the spot that Billy was going for. Lora plans on carrying out Billy’s dream of one day owning a welding shop. Lora is also working on a Bachelors Degree in Business. Needless to say I am very proud of both of my children.


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