Adam’s Front Row Experience: Cleveland Browns Game
Illness: Cystic Fibrosis
Date: September 10, 2017
Meet Adam Wittine.
Adam is a responsible, loving, passionate, and stubborn man. When he wants something, he makes it happen. He is determined and goal orientated.
Adam loves games, and is very smart when it comes to them. He’s the best at everything he does. There isn’t a game he loses, and when we go outside and play football he always manages to catch and throw like he’s a professional.
Adam gets really goofy when he’s comfortable and loves to sing. He will make you laugh harder than anyone. Adam loves getting reactions out of people.
Adam is very stubborn and if you tell him he can’t do something, he will prove you wrong. He is hard-working and somehow managed to get 22nd place out of 2,000+ employees in a competition of best sales, in a matter of only working for the company for 6 months when the contest was for an entire year.
Adam loves to draw. He also loves to write and has a poem published in a book about losing a child in his family that was put up for adoption.
Despite his Cystic Fibrosis, Adam has managed to live his life to the fullest. Although his condition prevents him from reproducing, Adam wants more than anything to be a Father, and despite the odds, he and his wife still hope that one day it could happen.
Adam was diagnosed with CF when he was a baby. He spent his childhood in and out of hospitals and doctors offices. He wanted more than anything, just to be a normal kid.
When Adam was diagnosed with CF the prognosis was, and still is, death. There is no cure.
Adams age expectancy was 18 years old when he was born. Today, CF patients have been living to be in their late 30’s, while some have even been able to make it to 50. Adams state has and will continue to get worse as he gets older, but he refuses to accept that fate and continues to live as though he will grow old and life his life to the fullest. As medical trials continue, Adam hopes for a cure but is just as happy with his life being longer than it was already expected to be.
Adam has been a lover of the Cleveland Browns since he was born, and used to be the Quarterback in high-school. He is extremely passionate about football.
Adam has always dreamed of taking his wife Sarah to a Browns football game. Since he is from Cleveland and lots of his family still lives there, he wants that dream to become a reality someday.
Since he recently got married and has slowly been recovering from all of the expenses due to paying the majority out of pocket, plus living in Florida, that dream does not look like it would come true any time soon.
It kills Adam to know he cannot afford a trip to Ohio and he desperately wants to go. He is constantly looking up Browns tickets to games and we hypothetically try to afford it, imagining where we would be sitting in the game. There isn’t a game that Adam misses on TV and he even has his wife’s phone set up to receive football notifications just in case his phone dies!
Adam has a Browns football jersey that he loves to wear and he plans to get his wife one now that she is a Wittine. He also has jerseys for their two dogs, who are always wearing them on game day.
Adam is so passionate about football and wanted to play football in college and try to become a professional, but was unable too because of his disease. He often tells his wife that he wishes he didn’t have CF and if he didn’t, he thinks he could be the Quarterback for the Browns.
He is constantly critiquing or admiring the Browns for plays and talking about things he’d do or change if he was the coach. One of his favorite things to do is go outside and have his wife run plays that they make up funny names for. He likes to be Quarterback because he isn’t always able to run like she can because of his CF, but somehow when he does run he manages to be faster than her.
Adams father is a huge role model to Adam and taught him everything he knows about football. He used to come out and throw the football with them, (his mom has a pretty good arm, too!) But until recently, his father had a triple bypass open heart surgery and now can barely walk. Adam still tries to get his Dad to go outside and throw the football with him but it just doesn’t work like it used too. Adams family is full of fighters. They raised Adam into one strong man and his passion for the Cleveland Browns is like none has ever seen before.
Sarah, Adam’s wife wanted nothing more to make her new husbands dreams come true. Front Row Director Bex, happens to be Sarah’s sister. Sarah reached out to Bex telling her all about Adam and his love for the Cleveland Browns and Bex sent the application over!
Sarah filled out the application and turned it in on Feburary 1, 2017. Front Row receives hundreds of applications and the committee has to review each one throughly.
On September 8th, Hurricane Irma was set to hit southern Florida and everyone was told to evacuate. Adam and Sarah packed up their things and their dogs and started making the 24 hour trip to Cleveland to seak shelter.
Event Director Bex saw that they were headed towards Cleveland on social media. She looked up the Clevelend Browns schedule and saw there was a game on Sept 10th with Front Row seats. Bex texted Sarah and told her to call her when she got to a rest stop and could talk in private.
When Sarah called, Bex told her the great news. Sarah was shaking and crying and overcome with emotion. She was not sure if she was going to loose everything she had in the hurricane, but she was beyond grateful to have this miracle to take her mind off of it. Bex coached her how to tell Adam the big surprise. Sarah was beside herself, how was she going to keep this contained until they arrived at the half way point where they would be meeting up with Adam’s parents for dinner. Check out the surprise reveal here:
The day was here. Only two days after Adam was told he was going to see his beloved Cleveland Browns. Adam and Sarah arrived at a luxury hotel where they would be spending the night after the game. Adam was still in shock. He was utterly beside himself and kept wondering if he was dreaming!
After everyone was checked in, it was time for some grub. The Urban Famer was full of Brown’s fans. Adam felt right at home. He kept looking around, taking it all in, and smiling. Sarah and Bex were catching up becsaue they have only seen each other in person about 5 times in their life. Sarah and Bex have the same dad, but he is not present in either of their lives, so they have not spend a lot of time together – just through social media.
Everyone took a couple trips around the gourmet buffet and then with a quick cheers and a clink of our mimosa glasses, it was time for GIFTS!
Since we were right down own and the stadium was only blocks away, we decided to hoof it to the game. We saw the gamut of fans. People were dressed to the nines! On our way there, people were selling Dog Pound gear, dog bones, and t-shirts. It was a sight to see!
Once inside the stadium, we walked to our seats. FRONT ROW BABY!!!! The look on Adam’s face was priceless. He was overcome with emotion, he could not believe he was actually there, with his wife. A real dream come true.
Sady the Browns did not win this game, but it did not matter. It was the BEST DAY EVER!!!!!
We left the stadium with huge smiles on our face, and shared our favorite moments on our way back to the hotel. It was time to say goodbye. There were lots of hugs. It was the best of Adam’s life, and it was a true Front Row Moment for both Sarah and Bex – two sisters that have only met a handful of times, got to spend an extraordinary day together with Adam. It was truly a Front Row Experience no one will ever forget. \o/
It was such a pleasure to be able to plan this event for you. Meeting you for the first time was the cherry on top and I am so looking forward to seeing you more often. You are brave and courageous. Remember, to always Live Life in the Front Row \o/
Bex and Michelle