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Former Hopewell High star Adrian Addie battling rare form of cancer

Former Hopewell High star Adrian Addie (right) -- seen hugging former Hopewell coach Eric Davis -- has been diagnosed with a rare cancer. DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
Former Hopewell High star Adrian Addie (right) -- seen hugging former Hopewell coach Eric Davis -- has been diagnosed with a rare cancer. DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com Staff Photographer

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.

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.

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