(CMR) Local former athlete Maxwell Hyman has passed away and the following amazing story was just published. We couldn't help but share this and extend our condolences to his family. An outpouring of both shock and condolences have flooded social media where various people expressed their disbelief.
Hyman was a graduate of Florida State University and worked at PWC as an Administrative Specialist for over two years.
CMR sources that he was ill and had been sent overseas for treatment and passed away in Miami.
Drake Relays: Kemar Hyman's brother died the night before his race. He ran in his memory.
He couldâve chosen not to run given the circumstances, and everyone wouldâve understood. The news Kemar Hyman received Friday night, less than 24 hours before his 100-meter race at the Drake Relays, is something no one should have to endure.
His brother died.
More than 1,500 miles away from where Maxwell Hyman passed in Miami, Kemar received the news in his Des Moines hotel room via phone call. His brother hadnât been sick for too long â less than a year with lupus, Kemar said â but the disease attacked âvery aggressively.â Â
An emotional whirlwind to say the least.
But Kemar knew what his brother wouldâve wanted. He heard Maxwellâs voice in his head â âKemar, continueâ â as he contemplated what to do. When the starting gun went off Saturday afternoon, the sprinter known as âCaymanâs fastest manâ was in lane seven, locked in as best he could be. Â Â Â Â
He finished seventh in a loaded field. The result hardly mattered.
âIn some sense, I just felt like I needed more time,â Kemar told the Register post-race. âAnd then I always remember Maxwell saying, âKemar, continueâ and I think he would want me to continue.
âMy mom said that. I didnât even have to say, ‘Hey, Iâm coming down there.â She was like, âKemar, finish the race. Thatâs what he would want you to do first. And then, we can talk after.ââ
Growing up in the Cayman Islands, the two brothers were extremely close with track as the glue in between. TheyÂ departed the islands together for a track future in the United States â first at King College in Bristol, Tennessee, and later Florida State.
Kemarâs career took off in Tallahassee, leading to a 2012 ACC indoor and outdoor title and a third-place finish at the 2012 indoor NCAA championships. He qualified for both the 2012 and 2016 summer Olympics. His name is plastered all over the Cayman Islands record books.
Throughout Kemarâs ascension, Maxwell was one of his biggest supporters. The two were close in age, and Maxwell provided encouragement and support whenever he could.
âGrowing up, weâd always motivate each other,â Kemar said. âIf I was straying off course, heâd be like, âKemar, continue doing track as long as it takes.â And heâd kind of give me that eye like, âLook.â And Iâd be like, âOK cool,â and heâd set me back on course. So we were always there to motivate each other.
âIâm going to do everything for him. I donât want to be sad. I want to be happy because I just remember a lot of great things from him and with him. So Iâm just going to think about the happy times.â
Once Maxwellâs condition worsened, the family moved himÂ from the Cayman Islands to Miami for more in-depth treatment. Kemar said he visited his brother a few days before coming to Des Moines, telling him one final time, âIâm here for you.â
His family had been providing consistent updates â Kemar preparing for the worst each time the phone rang. He remained cautiously optimistic things would improve.
Then came Fridayâs call.
âTonite the world lost one of the best people, go well Maxwell Hyman,â Ken Harnden, the brothersâ former Florida State coach and current Georgia assistant, wrote on Instagram Friday night. âYou will be missed, but not forgotten.â
Former Seminole Kimberly Williams, a two-time Olympian in the triple jump, shared her condolences on social media as well.
Even with the support, Kemar knows his life has been drastically altered. He maintains faith in his mental fortitude, but the 28-year-old sprinter realizes whatâs ahead.
The funeral, the grieving, the emotional pain that comes with losing someone so important. Kemar will lean on the loved ones, as well as the sport he loves.
Thatâs what Maxwell would want.
âI think I can stand up for him and be strong for him,â Kemar said, âand make it through whatever Iâve got to do.
âIt was very emotional â itâs still emotional now. It comes and goes, but Iâm just going try to be strong and hold on for him and hold on for my mom and everyone else.â Â