RIP Adam Frey, Jan 6, 1986 – Dec 26, 2009.
About the Adam Frey Foundation:
The Adam Frey Foundation is a non-profit organization formed by Adam Frey to give comfort to and provide enjoyment for those receiving treatment for cancer.
During an aggressive bout of chemo, about a month before Adam passed away, he wrote in his blog, â€śHopefully life outside of chemo and the sickness will be comfortable.â€ť The purpose of The Adam Frey Foundation is to make this hope come true for people fighting cancer.
When Adam was undergoing cancer treatments, he would visit with the other patients in the hospital. It did not matter to him if someone was nine or 90; he was going to engage them in conversation, and it was these conversations that enabled him to see a real need.
He started with bringing a hot lunch every third Wednesday to the Hillman Treatment Center in Pittsburgh. Then when Adam started going to Sloan Kettering in New York for treatments, he asked, â€śMom, can you make dinner for the whole floor. Mom, when you order the groceries, get this type of Gatorade for this person and this cookie for that person.â€ť He even planned a turkey dinner one day and invited people as he walked down the hall. Adam had the means to help, and he did, no matter what he had to do. It was at this time that he decided that when he left New York, he was going to start a foundation that would help people get the food they needed, gas monies to get back and forth from the doctorâ€™s, air fare, and other necessities needed for life with cancer. His mindset is that millions of dollars are allocated to the research of cancer, but very little goes into funds that can be used for something other than needles and pins; something that can put a smile on their face.
As of today, The Adam Frey Foundation is the leading contributor to the Hillman patient assistant program where gifts cards are provided in $100 amounts to be used for food, gas, or prescriptions. We have also organized an event for Easter where the Easter Bunny will be providing treats to the children, and gift cards to the parents at the Childrenâ€™s Hospital Cancer Ward in Pittsburgh. Also, we are in the process of speaking with The Hope Lodge, and Sloan Kettering, both in New York City.
As The Foundation grows, the amount of those who we can help will also grow. Adam was very passionate about this work, and it is through this Foundation that not only his love of life and compassion for people can continue to spread, but his fighting spirit will also live on.
Thank you for your time and thoughtfulness in considering the Adam Frey Foundation.
Cynthia L. Frey
The Adam Frey Foundation
Hello, my name is Adam Frey and I am a wrestler at Cornell University.
On the Tuesday after Easter (March 25, 2008), I decided to get up a little earlier to make a nice stop at McDonaldâ€™s and get some food before heading off to a full day of classes. On my way to class on a winding part of the road that I drive on every day, I saw a car coming straight at me. I veered right to miss it and then swerved left, causing my car to fishtail on gravel, roll and hit a tree at about 55 MPH.
After finding myself in the bed of my vehicle and still in the front seat, I started to pray. My whole body was numb except for an incredible pain in my neck. After realizing I was not paralyzed, I exited the car and called my roommate to come pick me up. My stuff was scattered as far as 50 feet out the back of the car from the roll and my car is totaled.
Upon arriving to the hospital, I waited for what seemed like forever to finally get seen. Before undergoing a routine CAT scan to check for internal bleeding and head trauma, the doctor told me that I must be one tough SOB to walk away from something like that and I should be dead. As soon as I felt everything would be over and I would just have a story to tell and maybe a job to pick up to get another car, I received my results.
The head and neck were fine except for whiplash, but another problem loomed. Here I was informed of three tumors on my lung, liver and between my kidneys. At the age of 22, and with never smoking, chewing, doing drugs, and being as healthy as anyone in wrestling shape, I have cancer.
It is obviously a hard pill to swallow, but as my coach always tells me, â€śIt is what it is.â€ť There is no hiding, no running, nothing. I have to do something that I have done all my life: fight.
With the help of the big man upstairs and my family and friends, I feel like I have the best support group out there. Those in the wrestling community have really come through and everyone has blessed me with their love and support even as this task looms. I hope to one day wrestle again, I hope to beat this disease, and I hope that you all can be a part of this piece of my life. I can promise to never give up and to be as tough as I can be.
With that said, thank you for reading my story and I hope to keep you guys updated with my blog and my treatment. I will keep all of you in my prayers and let us all hope for the best.
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