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Molly's Kids: 14-year-old Indian Trail boy has tumors growing on nerve tissue

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The white area in the scan on the far right of this collage is a tumor on Adam Cowden’s spine.

14-year-old Adam lives in Indian Trail. He’s a freshman at Sun Valley High School. He suffers from Neurofibromatosis (NF), a disease that causes tumors to grow on his nerve tissue.

Doctors told Adam he has “too many tumors to even count.”

Just a few weeks ago, they discovered yet another one when it caused his femur to spontaneously shatter as he got into a car.

“I wish I could make his pain mine,” says his mom, Michelle. Oh my gosh. If that isn’t something every parent reading this might think…

In March, Michelle got the city to light up the Wells Fargo Duke Energy Center blue and green (NF’s colors) to support NF.

Now, as Adam’s tumors continue to grow, Michelle continues to raise money for research. She's asking for help.

Even though her request is early, she'd like you to know that in February, The Children's Tumor Foundation, which funds NF research, is hosting “Cupid’s Undie Run.”

Catchy name because participants run in their underwear. They call it “Freezin’ for a Reason.”

Last year the event raised over $106,000 in Charlotte, $3.5 million nationwide. You can register HERE and learn more about Adam’s Team HERE.

If this sounds familiar, I’ve written before about two other kids in our area with NF. Both McKinnon Galloway and Braylon Beam are incredible influences in our community.

Have fun in February, Adam. I always tell people to send me photos from their events, but if you'll all be in briefs... maybe just make sure what you send could be tastefully posted publicly?

Good luck!

**Editor’s note: This is about one of #MollysKids, children WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. It was first published there – which is why it’s written in a personal way. For years Molly has followed hundreds of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story and updates on all #MollysKids here.**

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