Charles Williams grew up on Long Island. His mother was a raging alcoholic, consumed by the fleeting release she found in her addiction. Charles hated his mother for this, and never felt that she loved him or cared about him as a son. On the surface 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. Underneath, however, the cancer of bitterness and hatred to his mother was destroying him. Attending a Breaking the Cycle event in 2002 as a dignitary, the realization that he had to forgive his mother was like “a backpack falling off.” Now, as a speaker for Breaking the Cycle, Charles is an advocate for forgiveness, both on a personal and professional level. He is currently retired from active law enforcement and works for a startup tech company.