T-shirt will memorialize student

February 12, 2009|By CHRIS CARTER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Students who knew Adam James Dixon remembered him as a friendly, outgoing, fun-loving welcoming committee.

Those same students are trying to serve as a farewell committee for the late Greencastle-Antrim freshman.

Holland Stoner, Stephane Reed and Brittany Huss are organizing fundraisers in remembrance of Adam, who died Jan. 30 at Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center of kidney failure and heart problems stemming from flu complications.

The students want their friend's legacy to last in the Greencastle-Antrim community. They hope to use any money raised to help families who cannot afford medical expenses, such as heart monitors.

"My friends and I decided that we wanted to do something so that people don't brush it off as nothing because (Adam) meant a lot to all of us," said Holland, a sophomore at Greencastle-Antrim. "We saw at his viewing how much his death really affected people."


It's still uncertain how the students will be able to officially memorialize Adam, but they have designed T-shirts in Adam's remembrance. They have contacted a printer to create 500 T-shirts to be sold for $10 apiece.

The T-shirt design, created by Stephane, shows angel wings flanking a heart.

"I figured that since he's in heaven now, he's like our guardian angel," said Stephane, a sophomore in her first year at Greencastle-Antrim. "And I thought of making the heart because he had such a big heart to share."

On one of the wings is a dedication: In loving memory of Adam James Dixon, 1993-2009. On the other wing is a verse from a song written by Brittany:

"You're watching for us now, you're waiting for us now, to join you in your new place, so we can see your face."

"I pretty much just had a pen, a piece of paper and my guitar," said Brittany, a freshman who had homeroom with Adam since seventh grade.

Brittany said she hopes to play a finished version of the song in a school talent show. The song would accompany slides to show just how important Adam was to so many people. The students would also like to coordinate a battle of the bands competition this summer to raise funds.

"Me and Holland were sitting around, talking on the phone and we wondered how we could preserve Adam's memory in Greencastle," Brittany said. "The Dixons have been planning on moving for a couple of months, so if they do, we wanted to have something that remembers Adam for everyone who knew him here in Greencastle."

The students originally planned to create a nonprofit foundation in memory of Dixon. But after learning about the long, drawn-out process - including legal and financial issues - of creating a memorial foundation, they have at least postponed that idea. They will instead follow through with their current fundraising plans and have the money held until they have decided what to do next.

Holland hopes to speak with Randy and Marcie Taylor to gain some direction in their quest to memorialize Adam. The Taylors established the locally run Drew Michael Taylor Foundation in memory of their son, who died after a traffic accident in the Outer Banks, N.C., in the summer of 2006.

The girls agree that in whatever direction they go, it will be positive because of the relationships created between Adam, these girls and countless more in the Greencastle-Antrim community.

"He really didn't have any enemies, he was friends with everybody," Holland said. "As long as you were nice to him, he would be nice to you. And even if you weren't nice, he would find a way to make a good situation out of a bad situation.

"Everything around him could be caving in, and he would always take time out to make sure you were OK," Holland said.

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