Thanks from Adam – My thoughts

by Team Camp on January 6, 2008

I just want to thank you all for writing. Many of you have written to tell me that I am an inspiration. I am very glad that I can inspire you, though it still surprises me how many people have been telling me that lately. I’m not actively trying to inspire people, I’m doing my best to live in the way that seems best. At the same time, however, I want to change the world, and that doesn’t have to be in large ways, though I tend to dream big. If I can make one person smile in a day, then that day has been a success. If I can make someone laugh, then I have made their life better. If I can use my my time on earth to bring smiles and inspiration, then I have made the world a better place.

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Daisha

Hey Adam. Just wanted to tell you that your family in Florida loves you. You’re always in our thoughts and prayers!!!!! XOXO

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George and Betty Miller

Dear Adam,
We are the parents of your Uncle Craig and the grandparents of your cousins, Jordan, Ryan and Marissa. Of course your Aunt Lynne is big in this picture. What a gem, she is. We just returned from spending Xmas with them in Corning. Ryan was under the weather with his wisdom teeth being extracted. He has been telling me for years that you are his best friend. It is good to have a best friend. Jordan surprised us with playing the guitar and he can sing too. Marissa has grown into a beautiful young lady with a beautiful voice.
Wow! we are impressed with your 4 pt in your first semester of college. Quite an accomplishment.
Want you to know that we and our friends are praying very hard for you down here in Alabama. Keep the faith.
GOD Bless you and your Mom and Dad.

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George and Betty Miller

Dear Adam,
We are the parents of your Uncle Craig and the grandparents of your cousins, Jordan, Ryan and Marissa. Of course your Aunt Lynne is big in this picture. What a gem, she is. We just returned from spending Xmas with them in Corning, NY. Ryan was under the weather with having his wisdom teeth extracted. He has been telling me for years that you are his best friend. It is good to have a best friend. Jordan surprised us with playing the guitar and he can sing too. Marissa has grown into a beautiful young lady with a beautiful voice.
WOW! we are impressed with your 4.0 in your first semester in college. Quite an accomplishment!
Want you to know that we and our friends are praying very hard for you down here in Alabama. Keep the faith.
GOD Bless you and your Mom and Dad.

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Eleni

Bos esa?? Sa agabo, boli, boli, boli, boli
Guess who?

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Mary Pilgrim

Dear Adam,
I just wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
~Mary (your future calculus teacher!)

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Liz Boese

Hi Adam!
Congradulations on your first college semester! We’re all proud of you.

New rule for next semester – no chasing me up and over tables!
I’ve been practicing my ninja-stealth skills.

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Alison

 I hope tomorrow’s spinal tap goes well. And be good for your doctors and nurses, ‘kay?

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Eleni

Good luck tomorrow – hope to talk to you soon.  Sa agabo, lavendee.

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Alicia Hulsey

Hey Adam!

I just wanted to let ya know we miss you already…It’s kinda fun having my picture on your website. I feel like a celebrity (hahaha). You are in my daily affirmations and prayers. Keep in touch & good luck with today’s treatment.

LOL – Alicia

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Brent Clifford

Hi Adam,
Your grandmother Marge told me about your website and I have been reading about you and many of the comments from family and friends. I sent you a verse this past year titled “You Can”. I see from your blog here that this has always been your attitude and I’m glad to see this. I’m a cancer survivor myself of 12 years and at this time my 2yr. old grandson is waiting in the Childrens Hospital in Seattle for a liver transplant. He as you can guess, has liver cancer. It has been a challenge to see him go through chemo with its ups and downs. In short I guess I’m saying that I know how you and your family are feeling right now. We’ve prayed long and hard for our grandson and we have recently included you in those same prayers. We have a very strong faith that the Lord can help each of you as well as your parents. We will be in touch with your grandmother, I know you know how greatly she loves you. She has always been so proud to tell us of all you’ve done over the years we have known her.
Our Prayers are with you Adam.
Brent

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Daisha

Hey Adam. Glad to hear the good results from the spinal tap!!! You’re already kicking it’s butt and will continue to!! Sending you all the love in Florida….
Daisha

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Katherine Miller-Aunt Lynne

It is an honor to be Adam Campfield’s aunt. Adam has visited our home in New York for many summers and we have many wonderful memories. Whether it be telling stories, sampling food in Aunt Katie’s Café, using our imagination with the stories of the great wolf or flying off to the castle on the heroic dragon, our family delights in spending time with you. Who can forget fishing with Pop and Ya Ya , swimming with the cousins, or remembering the time Uncle Craig took you hiking through the Grand Canyon Of Pennsylvania. You experienced your first blister but you never complained. It was early on that you showed amazing acts of courage and a strong commitment to excellence. With joy we remember the songs we sang and the laughter that was created with our silly antics and zany play time. Those who know you can attest to this magnetic personality that you possess, your remarkable aptitude to achieve the ultimate success in your academic endeavors or in your athletic abilities. Early on I dubbed you “the genius.”

Many reading this site will be astonished at all you have accomplished. This is what I wish to tell them about you. Adam is an exceptional person. With exceptional people come exceptional victories as well as exceptional trials. People who are exceptional take what life offers them and overcome obstacles to make what others believe to be impossible, to be indeed possible. Adam is a believer, a child of God whose light in his soul shines upon this earth in such a way that when you meet him, you experience the love of Christ. Adam’s relationship with our God reminds all of us that there is suffering in our world but with God, all things are possible and in our darkest times, we can turn to Him and He will be there. The verse which we have prayed with Adam before his surgeries is: Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised for those who love Him.

James 1:12

As Adam faces trials once again during the Christmas season, we are reminded of the gifts our Savior sent us. The first gift is hope. During Adam’s battle with the beastly enemy called cancer, Adam remains vigilant. He continues to tell all of us that he will beat this enemy and for us not to be discouraged. Many prayer groups around the world, yes, around the world, have Adam in their prayer chains as many churches across the lands pray for him. It is Adam’s hope that enlists others to face challenges that life hands them with a positive determination.

The second gift of joy is evident when you just meet Adam. His personality and his wit make you smile. As an educator myself, having taught literally thousands of students, I tell Adam all the time, I have never met anyone as sincere or as genuine. He is a special person. Many who are praying for Adam have told me that Adam’s life is a gift for the world. We can learn much from his trials but it is truly his joy that people wish to be around. Adam teaches us all to be thankful for the simplest of things.

The gift of peace can be a struggle for many. Once my brother Rich, Adam’s Dad, told me if there is any one who should be angry for what life has given him, it should be Adam. Yet, he isn’t. I can say that he is not an angry person but a loving soul whose ability to think of others instead of himself remains one of his best character traits. As I have had discussions with Adam about the importance of character, Adam’s peaceful disposition proves to be an inspiration to many.

The last gift, which is the greatest gift, the gift of love, is what Adam is. For his parents, Rich and Jo, there is no better word to describe their son. Their commitment to Adam exemplifies this love. This great love continues to conquer these great mountains that Adam faces but it is this love that will support them to rise above these mountains and see the new day.

As for our love for Adam…it is constant. You are loved more than words can say.

May God bless you in the days a head.

Love you buddy,

Aunt Lynne

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Lisa Carlat

Adam,
I’m Uncle Craig’s sister, Lisa. I’m not sure if you’re still in Austin but I live outside of Houston and would be happy to help you and your family in any way.

Your Aunt Lynne reminded me of your trek down the mountain with Uncle Craig. I must say that is one of my favorite stories. I got a chuckle out of my brother getting into trouble with Aunt Lynne. (Yes, I am the baby sister!) However what amazed me the most was your faith and bravery going down that mountain path. I can tell you haven’t lost those qualities.

You’re in our prayers,
Lisa Carlat

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Daisha

Hello Adam!! Haven’t heard from you in a while, hope things are going well and you are feeling good! Keep kicking butt! Love you.

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The Krafts

Dear Adam, you truly are a remarkable young man. Your attitude and wisdom give many people hope. Our circumstances reveal the nature of our heart. It is obvious what your circumstances have revealed – your loving & kind heart. We have been praying for you and your family every day. We will continue to do so. We have reason to rejoice as God is in control and we trust Him for it all. God Bless you now. We’re in this with you.
Love,
Terry & Kay Kraft

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Rosemary

Adam,

You don’t have to try in order to inspire anyone. You’re an inspiration to most of us simply because you’ve faced more than any of us could ever imagine…yet you never complain, you always have a smile, you’ve succeeded in everything and anything you’ve put you’re mind to, and you are truely accepting of everyone you meet. It is your very personality that inspires us. You’ve got character, strong character–and strong character spreads like wild fire– one can’t help but be inspired to achieve the same level of strength. This is why you’re an inspiration to us all, and this my friend is why and how you’ll change the world!!!

HUGS and KISSES,
Rosemary

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joanne mahle

Hi Adam,
Just saw your video. Excellant! Just a note to tell you that you’re in my thoughts and prayers, yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Remember when times get tough count on the love and support that surrounds you from family, friends and people you don’t even know. That’s big stuff Adam!
Lots of love,
Joanne and Rob Mahle

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Sandy, Jill, Elizabeth and Curt Carlsen

Hey Adam,

You have always made me laugh and smile. Even at times when you refused to do the CSAP test in 6th grade.

Love you man,

Sandy

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