'It could happen to me': How sudden death of Michael's dad made him take action

Kate McIlwain
Updated February 16 2024 - 2:59pm, first published February 14 2024 - 4:18pm
Michael Williams has become an advocate for heart health since the public death of his father, Darren, five years ago. Picture by Robert Peet
Michael Williams has become an advocate for heart health since the public death of his father, Darren, five years ago. Picture by Robert Peet

Almost five years ago, Wollongong man Michael Williams was playing the first football game of the season with his two brothers when their dad collapsed at the sidelines.

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Kate McIlwain

Kate McIlwain

Journalist

For more than a decade, I've helped the Illawarra Mercury set the news agenda across the region. Currently I'm the paper's health reporter - covering the stories of Illawarra workers and residents in the wake of a global pandemic and at a time where our health systems are stretched to the limit.

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