Adam Francois Memorial Fund

For: Adam Francois
Berlin, NJ
Organizer: Tracey Francois
Adam Francois Memorial Fund (Adam Francois)
of $7,000 goal
92% Complete
Raised by 62 donors

The Story

The world lost an absolute amazing, one of a kind, beautiful, selfless soul. Adam fought the hardest fight he could possibly fight. He gave it everything and then some. Cancer sucks and doesn’t discriminate against really great people. 

He had such a big heart who loved everyone around him, and also a big place in his heart for music and animals. They both were a big part of his life. His other love was his rescued retired racing greyhounds, especially Arri. His girl, his other love before I entered his life. He loved her soo much was devastated when we had to say goodbye last July. But I know he is with her now and our other pups who have passed, Bonner and Chip, greeting all of the animals in whatever is next. 

Adam loved all kinds of animals. In the last few years when we went on trips, whether Niagria Falls, Cape May, Kennett Square or Baltimore, we always had what we called an “animal activity” planned. Yes Niagra Falls was beautiful, but let’s go to the bird place tomorrow all day to just hang out there and watch them, he said. 

We recently took a trip to Baltimore and did a behind the scenes Dolphin-trainer experience for a few hours. It was amazing!!! (Highly recommend to anyone who would like to do this before they move the Dolphins to a sanctuary in 2020.) At the time we just went to the Medford Dickins festival, and we wrapped Adam’s cane in lights for fun. He lit it up when we were next to the tank and the dolphins had never seen anything like it. It was truly a new, shared experience between Adam and curious animals. One dolphin turned and was talking to the others like “hey, come check this out!!”. It was truly amazing. Melted our hearts. 

We also took a few trips in 2017 to Cape May, and always the zoo was a priority on the agenda. He really loved it there, so much so that he was talking about volunteering there when he gets his strength back. How fun it would be to ride his motorcycle down and spend the day with animals. He was talking to a zoologist and entertaining the idea of going back to school to be a zoologist. I swear we circled that place about 3 times each visit, making sure not to miss one square inch of it. We also learned that the tiger, I think his name is Rocky, also had cancer. One of the staff said didn’t come out much, but he came out that day we were there and laid in the sun (true cat style). Every day was filled with excitement, bliss and wonder when Adam was surrounded by animals along with a huge smile on his face. 

I wanted to set up a fundraiser for Adam and his love for animals. The Cape May Zoo has been a big part of our adventures, and Cape May in general, I wanted to raise money to put together for a memorial in his name. He will be missed greatly, but this will be something that will be there for years to visit and will be able to share his love of animals with him. 

I will keep everyone posted on this memorial project. Thank you for your contribution. 

- His loving wife, Tracey


We hit our initial donation goal! Thank you so much for all of your help with contributions, spreading the word & honoring Adam in such a special way. It would bring a great big smile to his face. Thank you! 

If Adam could, he would have adopted & loved all of the animals in need & I know that is exactly what he is doing now in spirit. Let's see what other projects we can fund! 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 18, 2018


Posted on February 18, 2018

Wowi! Everyone is incredible! Thank you so much for donating to Adam’s memorial fund!!

I have a contact for the Cape May Zoo fundraiser program. My plans are to get a memorial bench in Adam’s name & see what other projects need a boost to be finished with funding. 

I will keep everyone updated with plans and next steps.  

Thank you so much again! 

- Tracey

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