William (1940)

Disclaimer: The following was transcribed from an article in the Capper Foundation Archives. The choice of words used at the time this was written may not reflect current Capper Foundation inclusive language and views.

William (1940)

Somewhere on one of many battlefronts there is a young soldier who, when he is not too busy fighting for his country, dreams of the day when he may return to his wife and baby boy, William.

He hopes all is well with them, but is it?

Here ‘s what the anxious wife wrote to the Capper Foundation: “I have a little boy fourteen months old with clubfoot. He tries to pull himself up, but his foot holds him back. He can stand only on his toes. My husband is in the Army overseas, and I haven’t the funds to pay for treatments. I know I wouldn’t want to go through life a cripple, and I don’t want my son to either. His father is planning on seeing him walk when he gets back.”

Shall the father be disappointed when he sees William? Maybe you can help answer that question. The Capper Foundation has made arrangements for William to enter a good hospital just as soon as there is a vacant bed. A competent doctor has agreed to treat that crooked foot.