Andrew's Battle Against Melanoma

$5,010 of $197,400 goal

Raised by 34 people in 37 months
Andrew's family and friends have asked how to offer their support since they learned that on February 22, 2016, he is suffering from another, possibly terminal, battle with his ongoing war against metastatic melanoma.

Over the past 12 years  Andy has undergone multiple surgeries, treatments, and hospitalizations to fight melananoma. Each time Andy was concerned with an abnormal growth, doctors were hesitant to remove them as these never appeared like the textbook version of melanoma. Andy was always persistant to have these varying growths removed, sadly the pathology reports always confirmed melanoma. His last PET scan in December 2015 showed that the 8 growths on his lungs were no longer present. The family celebrated as the latest treatment regimen seemed to have cured him. However, while excitedly preparing for a long awaited vacation with his childhood friend, Andy became ill with what seemed to be the flu. Urgent care and ER visits led to an incidental find on an MRI that the cancer had spread to his brain and spinal cord. The prognosis for life expectancy per the doctors is 6 months.

On March 8th, 2016, Andrew suffered a major seizure and did not wake up. He was breathing on his own but he was gone...or so we thought.

2 days later, Andy's dad called and texted everyone at 3:30 in the morning, "Andy is back!" Thinking that my dad was delirious, sleep deprived, and delusional, we did not realize that God was not quite ready to take Andy from us. 

Andrew is now at his home, under hospice care. He has lost vision in his right eye, motor function and sensation to his arms and legs, he cannot feed himself or get out of his hospital bed without great assistance from his aging parents. Amazingly, he continues to have a positive outlook on life and continues to make us laugh, reminds us to be good and giving to others. He asked his best friend just recently to share these words with us; "Tell the people you love that you love them. Give them a hug and kiss them for no reason. Show them you love them, not just with words but with actions, and please know that he (Andy) loves everyone of you more than you will ever know. Oh, and always smile, it's contagious."

Andy would never ask for help, but we, his family and friends, could never repay what he has brought to our lives throughout his life's journey. 

Contributions received will go into an account recently set up to assist Andrew and his family with his overwhelming medical and financial needs.  We hope to honor Andy in this and pay it forward as he would.

Please keep the prayers coming! God has blessed us with this extra time with Andy as he continues to be an inspiration to all.
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I just wanted to share a letter that Andy's nephew wrote before he passed away.
Dear Uncle Andy
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Andy, my brother my friend, I miss you so very much! I am tearful in knowing that I can no longer call or text you when I have a question, or vent to you about my bad day at work, or reminis about our magical childhood, or tell you what your nephews learned today. You have made me a better person, taught me compassion and kindness. Because of you, my faith in God is stronger. I am continuously amazed by the growing number of people that are positively impacted by your life's journey!

I hope to one day honor you Andy, through a sustainable charity that also inspires others to live and lead by example as you did.

Thank you everyone for your thoughts, prayers, and support! Take care of eachother, be kind, be present, be empathetic, and smile!
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Our Andy is watching over us now. At 0232 May 6th, 2016, surrounded by love from with his parents, best friend, sister, brother-in-law, cousin and all the prayers from so many, he left this world as God needed him more. We will miss you Andy. I hope that we all will make you proud as you have taught us so much in your short time here. We love and miss you baby brother! Say hello to our loved ones and know that we will see you again!
I miss you baby brother!
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Andy is still smiling and overwhelmed by the generosity of so many. He is amazed when we read your messages to him and tears up. He wishes he could thank you all in person for your love and support. Please keep the prayers coming our way and take care of eachother!!!
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Raised by 34 people in 37 months
Created April 16, 2016
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Anonymous
36 months ago
ML
$150
Michelle Labaco
36 months ago

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Jodi. Please let me know if you need anything.

RL
$150
Rick Leon
37 months ago
KG
$50
Kristen Garcia
37 months ago
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I did not know Andrew personally, but I knew of him threw Jim and Cat. Jims love for his brother is so genuine. When he would talk of Andrew, it was like you knew him too. Love is stronger than death. Love keeps the memory of the people we love with us, even after they are no longer alive. May his family and friends find solace in his memories. My sincerest condolences.

ML
$200
Marie Lamb
37 months ago

Andy, Bob and I have wondered so often over the years how you, your Mom, and Jodi were doing. Just recently we were watching films I had taken of you, Mike and Trevor playing soccer...you guys must have been 4 or 5! A few months ago Rikki bought her grandparents' house on Francisquito, around the corner from where you used to live, so I've been thinking of you all even more. We are so sorry to find you facing such a difficult challenge, and are so inspired by your courage and faith. You and your family were an important part of our family's lives, and I just wanted you to know that our love and prayers are with you.

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Joanna Hill
37 months ago

you and your family have become close to my heart. you are an inspirational young man and am so sorry for what you are going through.

JC
$100
Jill Casali
37 months ago

As a former neighbor of the Danter's, I knew Andrew just a little. But he was very nice and deserves more than this. Good luck....

DH
$50
Danielle Heissel
37 months ago
GL
$25
Greta Lopez
37 months ago
$50
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37 months ago
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