December 15, 2016
The Adamek family, from left, Mary, Mitchell, Allison and Steve, pose inside the giant Aggie Ring at the Texas A&M Association of Former Students Building in College Station in the summer of 2015. Mary Adamek, a Cypress Falls graduate and sixth-grade science teacher at Truitt and Goodson middle schools, lost her battle with leukemia in November 2016.
Dec. 15, 2016—The family of a late CFISD educator received a little help for the holiday season this week through a promotion by radio station 104.1 KRBE sponsored by Fuddruckers and Luby’s.
Morning show host Roula Christie surprised Steve Adamek, husband of late Goodson Middle School sixth-grade science teacher Mary Adamek, with a phone call on Dec. 13, revealing that his family had been chosen as one of the winners of “Roula and Ryan’s Christmas Wish.”
The family, which was nominated by A. Robison Elementary School teacher Jamie Herridge, received $8,000 to help offset some medical expenses from Mary’s yearlong battle with leukemia.
Mary was diagnosed with the disease in November 2015 and passed away on Thanksgiving Day 2016. Herridge taught the Adameks’ twin children, Mitchell and Allison, in her first-grade class during the 2015-2016 school year.
“I met Mary for the first time at ‘Meet the Teacher’ in 2015. Every time I saw her she had a smile on her face and was just the kindest woman you could ever want to meet,” Herridge said. “Mitchell’s quick wit and great personality combined with Allison’s compassion and patience for others captured a special place in my heart from the moment they walked into my classroom. I still remember the day Mary told me she was diagnosed with leukemia. Even when she was fighting her own battle, she was always asking me if I need anything and how she could help me out.”
Mary (maiden name McCall), a 1998 Cypress Falls High School graduate, played varsity softball and basketball for the Golden Eagles before attending Texas A&M University, where she met Steve. Upon graduating, she taught at Bryan Middle School, Truitt Middle School and, most recently, Goodson Middle School. She obtained her Master of Education from Sam Houston State University in 2008.
“She was extremely good at reaching at-risk students,” Steve said. “She gained their trust and treated them with respect. She could have applied for any job in Cy-Fair, except superintendent, but she chose to stay in the classroom because that is what she enjoyed.”
When he received the phone call from Roula, Steve was surprised. Still, amid preparation for Mary’s upcoming memorial service on Dec. 17, he exhibited sympathy for others battling the disease.
“When the radio host called me, I told them that ‘All you have to do is walk through the eighth floor/Leukemia & Stem Cell Transplantation floor, and you will find many others that deserve that money more than we do,’” Steve said.
Roula first called Herridge to inform her that her submission had been selected, prior to conferencing Steve in and reading the nomination letter.
“It is really hard to put into words how I felt knowing that my letter was chosen as a recipient of ‘Roula and Ryan’s Christmas Wish.’ I was so extremely excited when I received the call that I was shaking,” Herridge said. “I was at a loss for words knowing that Steven would be receiving this money, yet my heart still hurts for this family. My hope for Steven is that this money and all the other contributions that so many wonderful people have made will take just a little financial stress off of the family and make the grieving process a little less painful.”
More information on “Roula and Ryan’s Christmas Wish” is available on the 104.1 KRBE website.