Adam Alexander Reeb was born December 8, 1998, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. He was a sophomore studying physics at Creighton University in Omaha. He was active in campus ministry through Candlelight Choir and a member of the university’s Chamber Choir. In addition to his love of music and singing, he also was interested in the sciences especially meteorology, Italian culture and language, bowling, and baseball. He was a die-hard fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.
The youngest of four children, Adam grew up in Lee’s Summit, attending Our Lady of Presentation School, Nativity Parish School in Leawood, and Rockhurst High School, where he graduated in 2017. He participated in the St. Margaret youth group and played recreational and competitive sports, including golf, baseball, soccer, football, and basketball while in school. He was an avid juggler.
In the spring of 2015, Adam was diagnosed with ALL (leukemia), and underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant at Children’s Mercy Hospital. In the fall, he returned to school and was able to visit Philadelphia during Pope Francis’s visit to the States and heard the Pope’s address in front of Independence Hall. He visited Italy with the Rockhurst High School choir.
He began studying at Creighton University in the fall of 2017, and during a routine checkup in December of that year, it was discovered his cancer had relapsed. He spent most of 2018 undergoing a clinical trial to kill leukemia cells in Bethesda, MD, as well as a second stem cell transplant at Children’s Mercy. During this time, he took classes online to continue his course of study. He returned to campus in January. His cancer relapsed again in March. Adam continued studying on campus while undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Adam died Wednesday, May 1, at Children’s Mercy Hospital from complications with ALL. Although Adam had leukemia, he never let the disease define his dreams or his life.
He is survived by his parents, Matthew and Pamela Reeb; sisters, Emily Reeb and Meghan Reeb; and brother, Eric Reeb.
There will be a Mass at 10:00 AM on Monday, May 6, 2019 at St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. A visitation will be from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at the church. Memorials are suggested to Creighton University Chamber Choir or Children’s Mercy Hospital Hematology and Oncology Department.
Arrangements: Langsford Funeral Home 115 SW 3rd St. Lee’s Summit, MO 64063 (816)524-3700