AUGUST 2009 UPDATE: Check out Adam in the news: Paralyzed Macomb Township teen handcycles for charity Local handcyclist to take 220-miles for charity
Athletes Helping Athletes,
Thank you so much for providing me with an awesome bike. I have ridden it every day since it arrived 2 days ago. I love it. The color is so cool. I can finally keep up with my dad when he runs or bikes. All my friends love it and want to try it out. Athletes Helping Athletes is a wonderful organization, and I would like everyone to know what a good group you are. I know I will never forget you. You are the best. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Dear Athletes Helping Athletes:
Thank you, Thank you, thank you for providing a handcycle for our son Adam. He loves his new bike and has ridden it every day since it arrived.
My wife and I are both long time runners (and VIP Club members). For the first time in his life, Adam is able to come with us when we run. I can't begin to tell you how much this means to us. Lori and I run and Adam easily keeps up with us on his handcycle. It is wonderful to be together in an athletic activity!
Yesterday we went to a nearby park. There is a six-mile path around the park. I had my doubts about Adam being able to complete the course due to numerous small hills. He surprised me by making it all the way around without stopping or needing a push. Adam averaged 7.9mph. He is eagerly looking forward to increasing his average speed. I fully expect he will be involved in organized racing when he gets a little older.
Athletes Helping Athletes has made it all possible for Adam. Please know that you are making a huge difference in the lives of children like Adam!
Don, Lori, and Adam Rose
Dear Athletes Helping Athletes,
Hi, my name is Adam Rose. I am 10 years old and I'm in the 5th grade at Duncan Elementary School. When I was 4 years old, I was diagnosed with Leukemia and a few months later I suffered a neurotic reaction to one of the chemotherapy drugs and was permanently paralyzed from the waist down.
It was a hard few years for me and my family, but I am a very positive person and want my parents to be very proud of me. I get good grades in school and play wheelchair basketball.
It would be the best if I could get a handcrank bike to ride. My friends all have bikes and it would be nice to ride along with them. My parents like me to play outside and get exercise but there is not a lot for me to do.
If you could help provide me with a bike, I would ride it every day in the summer or when the weather is nice. My dad quit is job in 1998 to help take care of me. Thank you for reading this letter and I would really like a bike.
January 28, 2005
Dear Athletes Helping Athletes,
Thank you so much for taking the time to read Adam's story.
In March of 1998, I took Adam to his well child check-up. He had just turned four. They took a small sample of blood and saw something that did not look right. That was the start of Adam's battle with leukemia. Chemotherapy was pretty hard, the IV's were the worst. His favorite nurse gave him an award that said "World's Loudest Patient".
In July of 1998, he suffered a neurotoxic reaction to one of the chemo drugs they give thru the spine. He started to stumble one day while walking around the house. We rushed him to the emergency room. He walked into the hospital but nine days later he came out in a wheelchair. For the next two months he got weaker and weaker everyday. Eventually he was paralyzed from the neck down. It was the worst days of our lives. We thought he might stop breathing during the night because he was getting so weak. Years later the doctor did confess to me that he thought Adam might have died.
A few months later he started getting some recovery above the waist. After a year of therapy the doctors said he would be permanently paralyzed from the waist down. This was a very hard year for all of us.
Adam has been in remission for six years. He is very active in fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He often gives up play time on weekends to help.
He loves to play wheelchair basketball and is on a team called Sterling Heights Challengers. We go to several games in the area and out of state.
Adam's dad quit his job six years ago to help take care of Adam. We would love to have a handcycle but cannot afford one at this time. Adam needs more physical exercise to help him get stronger and maintain a healthy weight. I really worry as a mother that he isn't getting enough exercise. He is often left out of playing with his friends due to his physical limitations.
We are so proud of Adam, every day the love just grows and grows. His ability to stand up to adversity is amazing. He never complains and is so positive about life. He shows a love, intelligence, understanding and zest for life that makes us want to put our arms around him and never let go. Adam is our hero!
Thank you for allowing us to apply to your foundation. We think that this is wonderful project and would love to help in any way we could.