Adam was diagnosed November 14, 2007 with an inoperable brainstem tumor. His prognosis – 12 to 14 months. After much research we found ourselves at St. Jude Children Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. After 31 radiation treatments and a clinical trial chemotherapy, we came back to Michigan on January 17, 2008.
Adam had 6 months of tumor stability, which provided us the chance to take him to Walt Disney World through Make-A-Wish Foundation. We were also able to take him to our family’s lake house in Harrison, MI. This is a place he loved and referenced frequently during time spent at St. Jude Children Research Hospital.
In June, 2008, we began to notice Adam’s symptoms returning. On July 10th, our fears were confirmed; the tumor was progressing. We changed chemotherapies, but the chances of it working to help him were next to nothing. Adam worsened and passed away September 21, 2008, after two months of slowly watching him fade from this world.
Adam had a 15 and 2 year old sister at the time of his passing. How would we help them and ourselves deal with losing him? We realized in talking with other parents, there seemed to be several families dealing with a loss here in Jackson, MI. Why not bring this special community (that no one should belong to) together? On December 11, 2008, Another Day Another Memory (A.D.A.M) was born. Adam loved to do things for others; we want to continue that on for him. We know he would be proud.
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