Community Shows Support For Collapsed Player

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Friday, October 21, 2011

The high school football player is improving after collapsing in the middle of a game two weeks ago.

Today, Jadon Adams left a Wichita hospital and arrived at the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Jadon's hometown of Beloit has been showing their support.

"If you start to think you're having a bad day, you drive by the houses, and you know everybody's praying," said Steph Barrett, family friend.

Many around Beloit have been praying for the 16-year-old since he collapsed on Oct. 7th.

"It was really sad. We were hoping he was alright. When we saw the helicopter, that's when everyone got really worried," said Sam Pahls, classmate.

Since then, the community of Beloit has come together to show their support for the high school sophomore.

"He doesn't probably know half of these people. It's nice knowing that they care about him and they want him to be healed," said Pahls.

Orange ribbons are tied to trees, signs are posted all over town, and his number 30 is plastered on windows. They are all hoping that a community coming together to pray for Jadon will help the young man heal.

"The things that's comforted the whole community, since it happened, has been the outpouring of support," said Barrett.

Support is not only coming from those around town, but well wishes are coming from former opponents, family from coast to coast, and friends halfway around the world. They are all saying, "Let's go orange for Jadon.”

"Reminds us that we're all in this together and life is a big game. Everyone can be successful if we just stick together and support each other in that way," said Greg Koening, football coach for Beloit High School.

During Friday night's game, the team was hoping to play the game in honor of Jadon.

"I think we'll come out and use this game as an opportunity to put some things into perspective," said Koening.

Friends set up a Facebook Page under the name "Praying for Jadon." They have also set up a CarePages site under the name "PrayingforJadon." You must be a registered member to visit the site.

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