Basketball star dances in face of cancer

May 22, 2009 6:30:55 AM PDT
The ball hasn't always bounced Will Adams way.The Imhotep Charter Graduate has Hodgkin's disease, a cancer of the lymphatic system.

But on his final prom night, he can smile.

"I'm feeling really good, everybody's coming out to support me today; it's been too long in the hospital," Will said.

Will has been hospitalized for three weeks while undergoing chemotherapy at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.

The stay has been heartbreaking for his mother.

"It was real hard on me because I'd never seen him sick before," Barbara Adams said.

Will was a star basketball player at Imhotep.

He received a scholarship to Townson University, but as his senior high school season wore on so did his body.

A short time later, he got the news he had cancer.

"I couldn't do what I can do, couldn't jump, got tired real fast, could only play 3 minutes at a time, that's not cool. But we just won the championship, so I'm happy," Will said.

He is also happy to be out of the hospital, even if it's for one night.

He'll show off his moves tonight, not on the court but rather on the dance floor.

"It's very special. I know he has a long way to go, but I'm just so glad for him," family friend Chiquita Smith said.

He'll head back to the hospital Friday to continue chemotherapy.

He's expected to be there about a month.

His nurses are optimistic that he can beat this disease, just like Will helped beat so many teams on the court.

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