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Adam Young

1981 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Adam Young Obituary
ADAM YOUNG On November 25, 2016 at 8:15 pm, after a 35-year struggle with Cystic Fibrosis, Adam Young, our son, our brother, and our friend, left a body that could no longer contain his tremendous energy and spirit. He passed peacefully, surrounded by loving family and friends. Our hearts will always bear the tender wound of his impact on our lives. Adam knew at a very young age what he wanted to do with his life. At age three, he watched a television special on ballet dancer, Mikhail Baryshnikov. He knew at that moment that he would someday become a professional dancer. That evening Adam approached his father and said, "I'm going to be the next Mikhail Baryshnikov!" His father replied, "Mikhail who?" Adam was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at the age of one year old and his parents enrolled him in dance lessons when he turned six. By the age of eighteen, Adam was dancing all over Southern California and won many awards including the 1999 Music Center Spotlight Award for Modern Dance, the Kennedy Center's Emerging Young Artist Award, and the 1998 Dancer of the Year Award. Adam attended the University of California, Irvine on full scholarship and danced professionally with the Nashville Ballet for two seasons after graduation. Adam danced, taught, choreographed, trained, and performed internationally in such countries as France, Australia, Canada, etc. Adam is survived by his father and mother, Richard and Nancy Young, and his older brother, Chad Young. The memorial celebration of Adam's life will be held on Monday, December 12, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the First Congregational Church in downtown Riverside, California. Family, friends, teachers, students, and anyone else who was connected to our son in any way is invited to share in this tribute to a remarkable young man. Donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Adam's name in lieu of flowers please.

Published in Press-Enterprise on Dec. 7, 2016
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