Adam Vander Ark Grand Rapids MI, Wheelchair basketball member died

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Adam Vander Ark Death – Adam Vander Ark, a longtime resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan has tragically passed away. Adam Vander Ark was announced dead on February 8, 2023. He died after a brief battle with leukemia. Adam was 49 years old at the time of his passing. He will also be especially missed by longtime friends Richard Straton and Holly Walton.

Adam’s existence was marked by enduring challenges buoyed by optimism—partially stemming from his physical limitations and also fueled by his passion for sports. His aspirations in this journey have materialized.

As a miraculous gift from God to parents Steven and Dawn Vander Ark, Adam played the role of a beloved father to Gabriel, a cherished brother to Heather and Christian Altena, and an adored uncle to their children Seth, Elijah, Ella, and Sophie.

Born on July 24th, 1973, Adam’s engagements in wheelchair basketball and softball and his unwavering allegiance to the Michigan Wolverines brought both setbacks and moments of joy.

However, nothing exemplified his blend of pragmatism and unwavering hope like his enduring affection for the Chicago Cubs. The pinnacle of his life was marked by the Cubs’ 2016 World Series triumph and the subsequent jubilant celebration in Chicago.

Adam’s reliance on hope allowed him to perceive the goodness in people. Paired with his resilient spirit, steadfast faith, and quick sense of humor, he became a source of inspiration for those fortunate enough to be acquainted with him.

Grand Rapids is a Michigan city on the Grand River, east of Lake Michigan. On the outskirts, the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has a tropical conservatory and multiple gardens.

Its art collection includes works by Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, and Ai Weiwei. Downtown, the Grand Rapids Art Museum spotlights Michigan artists in its rotating shows. Grand Rapids is known for many breweries dotted around town.


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