Gregory Wilson, 3, was poster child


An article in The Sun yesterday about the death of Gregory Michael Wilson, the 1993 Leukemia Society poster child in Maryland, stated incorrectly that proceeds from a benefit on Sept. 25 will go to the Leukemia Society. In fact, proceeds will go to the child's family.

The Sun regrets the error.

Gregory Michael Wilson, the 3-year-old 1993 poster child of the Maryland Chapter of the Leukemia Society of America, died at his home in Bel Air Sunday of complications from the disease.

Gregory appeared on the Aug. 30 Televent for Leukemia Research, a national telethon broadcast locally on WBAL-TV. He also recently did a fund-raising commercial with Orioles Leo Gomez, Chris Hoiles and Brad Pennington to sell baseball caps for the benefit of the Leukemia Society.

"Gregory was diagnosed at 18 months with AML [acute myelogenic leukemia]," said his father, David F. Wilson. "He's been through chemotherapy at Johns Hopkins and a bone marrow transplant from his brother Nicholas, which was done in 1992. He was a brave little boy. He touched a myriad of people, and people in the vicinity of Bel Air have rallied together to help us. It's been remarkable.

"He was a special kid. He burned brightly, like a comet, and then he went away."

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Margaret's Roman Catholic Church, at 141 Hickory Ave. in Bel Air. Interment will be in Bel Air Memorial Gardens.

A benefit in Gregory's memory, with proceeds going to the Leukemia Society, is planned for Sept. 25 at St. Ignatius Church, at 1709 Conowingo Road in Hickory.

Besides his father and brother, Gregory is survived by his mother, Lynn Wrzesien Wilson, and another brother, Ryan, all of Bel Air. He also is survived by his grandparents, Richard S. and Joan M. Wrzesien of Overlea, and Guy and Joann M. Mealy of Cockeysville; great-grandmothers Olive Moore of England and Josephine Maher of Weston, Mass.; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Maryland Chapter of the Leukemia Society of America, 200 E. Joppa Road, Towson, Md. 21204 or to the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Unit, 600 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore, Md. 21287.

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