Charles Williams grew up on Long Island with his mother who was a raging alcoholic and consumed by the fleeting relief she found in her addiction. Charles hated his mother for this, and felt that she did not love him or care about him as a son. On the surface, however, he had a successful life; he became a housing cop in the Bronx, married, and had three daughters. Later, he served as Chief of Police in Cornwall on Hudson. Inside him, however, the cancer of bitterness and hatred to his mother was destroying him. Attending a Breaking the Cycle event in 2002 as a dignitary, he realized that he had to forgive his mother. When he did he said it felt like “a backpack falling off.” Now, as a speaker for Breaking the Cycle, Charles is an advocate for forgiveness, both on a personal and a professional level. He is currently retired from active law enforcement and works for a startup tech company.