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Fossil Ridge teacher with stage 4 colon cancer surprised with ‘trip of a lifetime’

When Fossil Ridge teacher and soccer coach Adam Webb was diagnosed with colon cancer in October 2017, the doctors gave him two to three months to live.

Welp, colon cancer, you’ve met your match.

Here he is, 18 months later, still walking, coaching, teaching and living life. And because of his fight and contributions to his high school kids, he was awarded Friday with a lifelong dream trip to Boston.

His brother-in-law nominated him through the Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation and, with help from Spirit Airlines, Webb and his family were given an all-expenses paid trip from May 26-29.

“It’s kind of going back home,” said Webb, who’s from New Hampshire. “My kids are all Red Sox fans, and it’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time.

Fossil Ridge coach Adam Webb being surprised with a trip to Boston from members of Spirit Airlines. Brian Gosset bgosset@star-telegram.com

“It’s an amazing opportunity to take my family on this trip of a lifetime.”

Members from the foundation and Spirit as well as FOX 4 and CBS 11 were there to capture the surprise during Webb’s Spanish class. His wife Casaundra and their five kids came to the school.

“He’s amazing and puts everything into what he’s doing from school to teaching and coaching, and he never takes any credit,” Casaundra said. “He never wants it to be about him. When we were thinking of where to go, he asked us and we had to say, no it’s where do you want to go and that’s when he picked Boston.”

“I was just filled with joy, love and happiness. I wasn’t expecting this,” Webb said. “It’s a great feeling to see all of them here with me. It’s hard to make it about me. It’s about my family and the people along this journey, and I thank everybody, it’s truly amazing.”

Webb has been coaching and teaching for the past 15 years, seven at Fossil Ridge.

He was an assistant coach for the volleyball team and at another game on a Friday and Saturday. That Sunday he was diagnosed. Webb missed the 2018 soccer season and came back to work August of that year.

“I was at school in Utah and it was another phone call. It was the hardest thing,” said his oldest daughter Chasia, 21. “It was in the middle of my semester and I didn’t know what to do. My uncle and aunt helped my sister and I, and we flew home that weekend to be with our family. We never thought anything was going to happen. We knew he was in the hospital, but thought he was going to be fine.”

“It’s overwhelming and you can’t prepare for it,” Webb added. “You immediately think about your kids and what I’m going to miss. It’s even hard to think about it all now.”

Fossil Ridge coach Adam Webb being surprised with a trip to Boston. Brian Gosset bgosset@star-telegram.com

He has stage 4 colon cancer with infusion every three weeks. He takes pills everyday.

“This is my life,” he said. “Doctors say people with colon cancer have an 11 percent chance at living past five years. I was given 2 to 3 months so I just make everyday a great day. Every step is a good step.

“I’m maintaining. I get tired, but it’s a new normal. Everyone’s life changes, not for better or worse, it’s just different.”

The Webbs have four other children: Samantha (20), Mercedes (18), Rockwell (13) and Allyson (11).

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Born and raised in Hawaii, Brian Gosset graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism before coming to Texas in 2014. He’s covered high school sports — yes, pretty much every high school sport — for the Star-Telegram ever since.