Lynx fans to show support for Pierre athlete
January 31. 2013 6:00AM
When the Brandon Valley and Pierre boys hoops teams battle it out in the Lynx gym this Saturday night, one team will win and one team will lose.
But a Pierre player – junior Conrad Adam – will be a “winner” no matter the game’s outcome.
Adam, who was sidelined from the game this year after he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma – a malignant bone tumor – in August 2012, will be the recipient of some Brandon Valley Lynx kindness.
In support of Adam and his fight, the Brandon Valley Booster Club has arranged for players, coaches, cheerleaders and managers to sport “Conrad’s Clan” t-shirts that night. The t-shirts were created to support a fund established to assist Adam and his family with medical costs related to his treatment.
And although t-shirt orders are no longer being accepted, the Boosters will “pass the hat” during the varsity game on his behalf.
Long before the first tip-off of this season’s high school hoops, Adam was expected to be one of the key players on Pierre’s title-contending team. Instead, an aggressive form of bone cancer manifested itself as a 7-inch tumor in his left thigh and knee.
Adam’s leg was amputated above the knee in October. Radiation treatments for a lesion on his tailbone followed at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
“When I see and hear all the words of support, I’m speechless. It helps get you through the day — that’s for sure,” Adam said in a December 2012 Argus Leader story.
Despite their son’s setback, Karl and Joan Adam remain optimistic.
“Cancer picked the wrong kid,” Karl Adam said.