Chancellor Lee Adams, the son of Rae Carruth whose life almost ended before it began, turned 16 Monday and is a high school student in Charlotte.
The boy who beat the odds lives with his grandmother, Saundra Adams — a woman who’s preached forgiveness, not vengeance, since the Panthers first-round draft pick hired a hit man to kill her pregnant daughter, so he wouldn’t have to pay child support.
Cherica Adams was 24 years old when she was struck by four bullets and later died in a hospital in 1999. Delivered 10 weeks early by emergency Caesarean section, Chancellor managed to live.
“Chancellor is not just surviving,” his grandmother told the Charlotte Observer. “He is thriving.”
The newspaper took a peek inside the life of Chancellor, who has special needs and cerebral palsy. The loss of blood and oxygen the night Cherica was shot caused permanent brain damage. He mostly uses a walker to get around and can communicate. Chancellor is “able to feed himself some” and dress himself “with minimal assistance,” Adams said.
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