"We all need help,

love and support.

No judgment."

- Adam, 2015




Breaking News:

Tantor Media (USA) released the audiobook Feb. 16, 2021. John Dickhout, actor and Adam's heart recipient, is the narrator!  https://tantor.com/soar-adam-soar-rick-prashaw.html

Ehrlin Publishing, Sweden, has translated Soar, Adam, Soar, with release date hopefully post pandemic

A Canada Arts Council Digital Arts project features a 4-episode podcast telling the story of John Dickhout and Adam's heart transplant (December 2020) www.giftsoflife.ca


Dewey, Divas and the Dudes Winter 2019

CBC Spring 2019 Non-Fiction List #3


Girly Book Club 2020 5-star review

Ingram June 2019 Pride Catalogue (USA)

Globe and Mail review, Elizabeth Renzetti, June 15, 2019

After The Podcast Ends, Heather Down, July 2015


“Coming out, Coming in, Coming home”

Adam Prashaw’s life was full of surprises, from the moment he was born. Assigned female at birth, and with parents who had been expecting a boy, he spent years living as “Rebecca Danielle Adam Prashaw”, before coming to terms with being a transgender man. Adam captured hearts with his humour, compassion and intensity. After a tragic accident cut his life short, he left a legacy of changed lives and a trove of social media posts documenting his life, relationships, transition and struggles with epilepsy, all with remarkable transparency and directness.


In Soar, Adam, Soar, his father, a former priest, retells Adam’s story alongside his son’s own words. From early childhood through first coming out as a lesbian and then as a man, and his battles with epilepsy and refusal to give in, it chronicles Adam’s desire to define himself, his joyful spirit and his love of life which continues to conquer all. 


Honouring a decision Adam made at 16, four of his organs are donated to save other lives. In a remarkable twist, the brave young man’s great heart was given to another man and another great heart, John Dickhout, who made himself known to Adam’s family and became one of many of the living proofs of Adam’s continued presence as a teacher, a guide, and an inspiration.

ISBN 9781459742765

Soar, Adam, Soar


 The Author

Photo: Stacey Croucher

Rick Prashaw is a tested writer and public speaker whose eclectic career has thrived in jobs in journalism, the priesthood, national non-government organization (NGO) leadership, and federal politics. 

He has worked for The Vancouver Sun, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie, the national ecumenical Church Council on Justice and Corrections, and, most recently, for three federal New Democratic Party Members of Parliament.

At the Church Council NGO, advocates for a healing justice after crime, Prashaw served as executive director and co-authored two books. He is the co-winner of the 1999 national Ron Wiebe Restorative Justice Award, awarded to an individual who models restorative justice principles in the service of justice and peace.

Prashaw ran for the NDP in the 2004 federal election in the Ottawa riding of Carleton Mississippi Mills. His three legislative assistant jobs for Members of Parliament include championing campaigns for legislation on poverty elimination (Sault Ste. Marie MP Tony Martin, 2004-2008) and a national dementia strategy (Nickel Belt MP Claude Gravelle, 2011-2015).

Prashaw received a Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) at Carleton University in Ottawa and a Masters of Divinity at the University of Western Ontario. He also studied at San Anselmo College in Rome.

Prashaw is proudest of being Adam’s dad. It has nurtured new advocacy work for transgender rights and organ donation.

Prashaw lives in Ottawa.




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