Help Adam After Brain Surgery!

“Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes. “

-        Hugh Prather


Introduced through a mutual friend I came to know Adam Shepherd when I was 14 years old. From the first meeting he impressed me with his solidarity. Never outwardly flashy and usually quiet in his demeanor Adam personified the idea of “actions speak louder than words”. Raised by his parents to be a Christian he was steadfast in his beliefs but understanding and compassionate for those less fortunate or in need regardless of their religious or philosophical leanings. His parents also instilled a strong work ethic to match his convictions and many was the meal at his house that we earned through hauling fire wood, yard work, repair work, or helping who ever his father knew needed it and had volunteered our services to. His family was warm and inviting. In a world of judgement and persecution they were a beacon of what we should all hope to be towards our fellow man. And their effect on my life at that time cannot be overstated.

Adam has been there for me during times of absolute uncertainty. Always with a “I’m here if you need me. And you know where I’ll be on Sunday if you want to come! We’d like to see you.”  And not once have I ever doubted it. Protective and loyal to those he calls friend, he has been there in my happiest days and some of my worst.  Always solid, always with an understanding but honest ear.

If you know Adam, you know what I mean. You know the hugs on sight. The honest “good to see you” and the sincere warmth Adam brings. A warmth that’s most evident when with or talking about his family. A husband and father of 3, his wife and children are never far away from his thoughts or stories.

Never one for the spot light or to take center of attention, I’m sure he’d shy away from any recognition or praise because that’s not what he’s about or why he is the way he is.

But we’re here to put the spot light on Adam for a change because the man who has unselfishly helped any one he could, now needs our help.


On the 27th of February Adam woke up and ready for work like any other day. But when he sat down to watch the weather for the day he couldn’t focus, his hands and arms felt numb, and he could not get his balance.

His wife Sara and their oldest son Stewart got him into their vehicle and got him to the hospital. After half a day, battery of tests and images the doctor came back in with the results. “Mr. Shepherd, you have a tumor on your brain.

With few to no options locally, they drove 2 hours north to Chapel Hill, NC to a specialist. It was confirmed that there was a 3.8cm (slightly smaller than the size of a golf ball) sized tumor on the right frontal lobe of his brain. Given the percentages and options surgery was settled on as the best option.

Adam will be admitted to UNC Memorial Hospital at Chapel Hill tomorrow March 6th to have the tumor removed and sent for biopsy to determine if it is cancerous or not. (EDIT: The surgery has been delayed by two days as the surgeon called today after being turned down by other patients Adam agreed to give up his slot to another person, saying "If it can help someone else, I don't mind" as he felt the need more pressing than his own. Honestly i dont know if i could have done that! But THAT is the man he is and THAT is why I am asking for your help!)

Adam has been with his current employer for 15 years but has been out of work since the diagnosis. The doctors have given him an at least six week recovery time. With at least  4 to 5 of the recovery days being in the hospital in Chapel Hill.

We all know the cost of medical care. But a lot of us don’t think about the extra costs that come with this type of diagnosis. Extended stays away from home lead to extra lodging and travel expenses on top of regular bills that now have to come from a reduced budget with the main source of income not coming in. And that is barring any complications that could prolong the recovery or return Adam to the hospital

This is a call to help this man and his family in their time of need. Insurance will help with medical but it won’t help with the day to day living expenses and unforeseen extra costs of treatment.

Adam has never asked for return or reward for any of the help, love, or care he’s given us. Please help us to show him however that it has been noticed, appreciated, and that we are here for him now!

The current goal is the suggested amount GoFundMe  gives and is simply a place holder, but if we were to reach that goal it would truely be outstanding and of GREAT help! 

Anything that you feel comfortable with donating is appreciated and will be given to the family to pay for travel and household expenses to help reduce as much as possible any additional stresses to this already uncertain and frightening situation. No one knows what condition Adam will come out of the surgery in. And we just want them to be able to focus on his recovery not how the bills will get paid this month! 

  If you can’t donate please share on your social media to help spread the word so that as many as possible can see this and hopefully help them through this difficult time.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, pass it on, and for helping Adam Shepherd and his family!

If you have any questions please feel free to ask any you may have.

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  • Jerry Andrews 
    • $25 
    • 25 mos
  • Vanessa Lapre 
    • $100 
    • 25 mos
  • Jan Hawkins 
    • $20 
    • 26 mos
  • Terri Dunn 
    • $25 
    • 26 mos
  • Leigh England Leviner 
    • $20 
    • 26 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

John Russell 
Rockingham, NC
Sarah Shepherd 
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