Cedar Rapids Kennedy golfer Drew Wall, a sophomore who inspired many with his battle with cancer, passed away Monday surrounded by family at his home in Cedar Rapids.
The 16-year-old sophomore returned home Monday after a recent stay at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Wall was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, at age 11, which led to the amputation of his right leg. He remained active, participating in various sports including continuing to compete as a member of the Kennedy golf team once he started high school. The Cougars honored him this fall, wearing purple shirts to the district golf meet, instead of Kennedy’s green-and-gold colors. The tribute was special, recognizing the color for national cancer awareness, including “Drew” in white letters on the back.
Wall made an impact, speaking to the University of Iowa football team in the past. He was selected as one of 50 “Champions” from Iowa by the Children’s Miracle Network earlier this year. As part of the group, he toured the White House in Washington, D.C., and took a group picture with President Barack Obama in mid-September.
Kennedy golf coach Mark Wilden said Wall is in a much better place after giving so much of himself to others and unifying much of the Kennedy and Metro community.
“He lived life large,” Wilden said. “He was a great kid. He was an inspiration.”