Small Town Big Heart

Makanda’s Story Touched Our Hearts

It’s with heavy hearts that we inform our fans of the passing of Makanda Williams.

This precious 10-year-old passed away on April 28 at her home in Macedonia, Ill., after a yearlong battle with a very aggressive and rare childhood brain cancer.

Her heartbreaking story was the inspiration behind Small Town Big Heart, a new commercial segment of Small Town Big Deal that highlights special needs and special people like Makanda.

We’ll remember Makanda for her strength in the face of adversity, her compassion for others, her faith in God and her love of family, friends, and of course her German Shepherd Sadie Mae.

To honor Makanda’s memory, the family is requesting memorials be made in Makanda’s memory to the Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation at

By featuring these special stories like Makanda’s on our show and website, we hope to make a difference with the support of our fans across America. Be sure to visit our website often to view the next Small Town Big Heart story and learn how you can help. Because together, we can do more.