Adam’s Apples Foundation was created to honour the legacy of Adam Hryhorchuk, who passed away at the age of 22 from an accidental drug overdose. Adam struggled with drug addiction and mental health throughout his adolescence. His loss had a profound impact on his family, friends, and all who knew him. He is remembered for his genuine kindness, ridiculous sense of humour, and his inspiring ability to create friendships and effortlessly connect with others. This was seen through his volunteering as a peer counsellor throughout his high school years, continuous desire to create meaningful connections with others, and being an incredible friend to those he loved.
Adam’s family continues his legacy by facilitating what Adam’s core ability was: connection. Through a simple bowl of apples, students are able to connect, share, inspire, and grow with one another, creating a better community for students. In 2018, the Apple Bowl evolved into a mission to educate youth on the importance of connection and conversation through the Core Connector Initiative. Our goal is that no mother, brother, sister, or friend will have to suffer a loss as tragic as his. Though we miss Adam immensely and the void of losing him will never be filled, we know he would be incredibly proud of what we have created in his memory.