Happy 18th Birthday Chancellor Lee Adams
Rae Carruth‘s son, Chancellor Lee Adams, is celebrating his 18th birthday today (November 16)!
Chancellor is a miracle and proof that God always has the final say so.
You may recall, Carruth, a former Carolina Panthers wide receiver, was convicted in 2001 of masterminding the murder of Chancellor’s mother, Cherica Adams, because he didn’t want to pay child support.
Chancellor was born 10 weeks early and because of his traumatic birth, he suffered brain damage and has cerebral palsy.
Cherica’s mother, Saundra Adams, has raised Chancellor since birth.
Despite all of the odds and dim prognoses from doctors, Chancellor is celebrating his 18th birthday!
Via Charlotte Observer:
For his party, Chancellor Lee plans to go to a pumpkin farm in the Charlotte area, accompanied by a couple of his friends from his therapeutic horse-riding class.
He will take a hayride. He will pet the animals in the petting zoo. He will eat the first piece of birthday cake, which will feature his favorite strawberry mousse filling as well as a picture of a horse.
“Chancellor will be in the starring role,” Saundra Adams says, beaming. “And he deserves that. You only get to be 18 once.”
We are sitting together in Charlotte’s Freedom Park along with Chancellor Lee. It is early November. The leaves are turning from green to gold. Chancellor Lee used his walker – pausing to carefully navigate a 2-inch divot in the asphalt – to make it to the bench where he now sits.
Saundra and Chancellor Lee look happy. It has been a good year. This is in part because the extreme generosity of strangers and friends – shepherded by an NFL assistant coach in San Francisco who once was close to Carruth – that has allowed the Adamses to buy a brand new home in Charlotte.
Happiest Birthday, Chancellor Lee Adams!
Rae Carruth is scheduled to be released on October 22, 2018.