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Showing support for beloved teacher and coach

Posted at 9:50 AM, Apr 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-16 15:59:37-04

DENISON, Iowa. (KMTV) - Adam Burns' girls' basketball team organized a send-off for their coach bright and early to wish him good luck before his surgery.

Burns was recently diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor and on Friday, he made the trip to Omaha for surgery.

For those who know Burns, there's one word that comes to mind: selfless.

"From the day he entered this community, he bought into this community, he's a leader, he's an amazing father, he's an amazing husband," Nick Bradley, a colleague said.

Bradley is feeling a flurry of emotions. Still, he keeps faith in the phrase "Adam Strong."

"It's a difficult situation for all involved, being a young father, being a young husband, but he's strong and I know he's gonna get through this," Bradley said.

Hannah Neemann, Ellie Magnuson and Paige Andersen organized the send-off since Burns is their coach. But the word "team" is now taking a different form.

"When our school teams make it to state we do something like this, we did it for state basketball our sophomore year, and Coach Burns loved it, so we thought it was just a way to make his day better," Andersen said.

With emotions running high, people are in dire need of hope, leaning on each other to show support for a selfless man who has shown up countless times for them.

"You don't believe that it could happen, especially to somebody that cares so deeply, so amazing," Neemann said.