Seven years ago, Adrian Addie helped Hopewell fight its way to the top of Mecklenburg County’s high school basketball circles.
Now, Addie is fighting a rare disease.
Addie, 26, was diagnosed with a rare cancer on July 12. According to the Leukaemia Foundation, T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma accounts for about two percent of all Non Hodgkin’s Lymphomas. It is also rare among adults, according to the foundation, most commonly affecting children and teenagers.
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Addie is currently undergoing intensive chemotherapy treatments in Charlotte. His family has started an online fundraiser to help offset medical costs.
Addie was a 6-foot-1 guard on Hopewell’s best-ever teams. During his four-year career from 2007-10, the Titans went 96-18. Addie, who graduated with a 4.6 grade-point average, started in three of his four seasons, averaging 8.2 points and four assists in his senior year, when Hopewell finished 23-3 and reached the N.C. 4A sectional championship game.