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About Adam Burns
Denison, Iowa
January 1987 - December 2022


In April 2021, Adam was diagnosed with a brain tumor, Grade 4, Glioblastoma (GBM), a rare and aggressive cancer without a cure. Patients on average can live about 8-14 months with treatment.

To stabilize his cancer, Adam underwent brain surgery to remove his tumor, followed by standard of care therapies which included: 73+ radiation treatments, multiple rounds and months of chemo, in addition to wearing one of the very few FDA approved treatments for GBM,  Optune daily.

During his treatments, it was important to Adam that he kept teaching and continuing his coaching assignments, never even missing a practice. Adam was known as a proud and beloved high school math teacher who coached four high school sports: football, girls basketball, girls golf, & softball.

Then, 13 months after his original diagnosis, Adam's GBM returned, but in an entirely new location, his cerebellum.

This time, Adam underwent more radiation and chemo. With this experience, it pushed him harder to COMPETE - Cancer did not slow Adam, Katie, or the girls down.


After a courageous fight, Adam passed away peacefully with his family by his side in December of 2022 at the young age of 35 years old. His most important role in life was with his family as a husband to Katie, and father to daughters Kennisyn and Kirslyn. His legacy lives on through them, as well as this non-profit COMPETE FOR A CURE

Help Carry on Adam's Legacy

By making a donation, you help us carry on Adam's legacy to help others fighting brain cancer. 100% of proceeds are donated to families fighting GBM, as well as towards research needed to advance treatments and find a cure for brain cancer.

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