Addison Marshall of Fulshear, TX Named Top 12 Inspireum Football Awards Finalist
December 21, 2011High School Inspireum Football Awards
New York, NY and Bend, OR -- Since 1963, PARADE has celebrated Americans’ passion for football by naming its annual All-America High School Football Team, honoring the best high school players in the country. This year, for the first time, PARADE is partnering with Inspireum, an Oregon-based company that develops youth programs, to honor the nation’s most inspiring football players with The Inspireum Football Awards.
The longest-running prep honor in history, the PARADE All-America franchise has recognized the top talent in high school sports since 1957, spawning numerous similar programs. In 2010, PARADE broadened its franchise to honor young people who contribute to their communities through service. “The Inspireum Football Awards now provide us an opportunity to add an important inspirational and emotional element to the program,” says PARADE Editorial Director Maggie Murphy.
Addison Marshall (Fulshear, Texas)
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina tore through much of the southern United States, destroying much in her wake. Among the destruction was the home of Addison Marshall, forcing the Marshall family to move to Richmond, Texas. Little did the Marshalls know that it would not be the only destructive force in their lives. In 2009, Addison was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Though his team was his new family in Texas, he was forced to put football on hold in order to undergo treatment. Chemotherapy began right away and the prognosis looked good, though the cancer was never completely gone. In April of 2010, it was discovered that Addison had relapsed, and that the cancer had spread to his central nervous system.
Over the years, Addison has accumulated 140 doses of chemo, 22 blood transfusions, 26 spinal taps, and 16 hits of brain radiation. Throughout all of the treatments, Addison continued to work out while in and out of the hospital and to support his team on the sidelines whenever it was possible. “Looking at this young man, you would not imagine cancer treatment consumes so much of his time,” said mom, Val Marshall.
While in the hospital receiving treatments and recovering, Addison can often be found visiting the rooms of other young cancer patients, providing support and inspiration to each of them. Additionally, Addison spends time helping with cancer research fundraising efforts, as well as joining a rowing team that works specifically to raise awareness of pediatric cancers and research. Addison ended the final football game of his life on a high note recently, as he stood not on the sidelines, but played on the field with his team. “My life was a pretty average teenage life before cancer. I would go to school and sports, and I just saw it as normal. But after I was diagnosed, I realized what a privilege it was to be able to do the simple things.”
PARADE, the most widely read magazine in America, is distributed in more than 600 of the nation’s finest newspapers. The magazine, which launched in 1941, now has a circulation of 32.4 million and a readership of 67 million. Each Sunday in PARADE and every day at Parade.com, our mission is to connect emotionally with Americans about the issues they care most about and move them to action.