The story of Adam Burke is quite remarkable.
Today, an incredible crowd of people turned out at his home parish of Two Mile House in Kildare to run in support of the 21-year-old who is seeking to raise funds to assist his recovery from a stroke.
Adam suffered a stroke while playing for his club on July 20th, 2016.
The young star was forced to leave his life as he knew it behind, as Marty Morrissey explains in his narration below:
— runforadamburke (@runforadamburke) September 16, 2017
The link in the above tweet can still be accessed to help fund Adam and his family in an effort to aid his rehabilitation.
With an estimated sum of €1 million in future rehab costs for the Burkes and already over €60,ooo raised, today’s run which around 2,000 people took part in, and further donations, will go a long way to helping Adam reach his target.
Big names from the GAA world such as Joe Brolly, Davy Fitzgerald, Michael Duignan, Tomás Ó Sé attended the event in support. Brolly spoke to RTÉ Radio earlier today, when he lauded the people involved in the event and of course, praised the spirit of the main man, Adam.
“To me it’s a privilege to be asked by clubs all over the country to events like this because it embodies what the GAA is supposed to be, rallying around someone who is in trouble.
“People see a bit of it in themselves. People are very, very good at adversity. Human beings are the ultimate survivors,” said Brolly.
The Derryman went on to compare the recovery of Adam to that of a young Gael in similar adversity just a few years back.
“You look at Mark McGovern in 2011, he was in a coma for months.
“It was thought initially he wouldn’t survive but slowly but surely over the last six years he has got better and better.
“Each year, to see his progress, I mean a week-and-a-half ago he was perfect, you would never know that he had been so catastrophically injured,” continued the Sunday Game pundit.
“The hope will be that is exactly what will happen to Adam.”
Check out the incredible footage of Adam going across the finish line of today’s run flanked by his club mates and friends, which would truly warm the heart:
— Maureen Catterson (@MoCatterson) September 30, 2017
We wish Adam the best of luck in his recovery and we’re sure he will keep fighting and keep progressing.