Andols Herrick Medical Fund

$13,332 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 337 people in 18 months
Tim Herrick
on behalf of Andy Herrick
 CHARLOTTE, NC
For about 9 months, Andols has faced some chronic medical issues. After six trips to the ER, numerous specialists (one of which who was stumped and bowed out of his case), surgery, physical therapy, and a host of prescribed and expensive medications with minimal efficacy, there is nothing substantive to show for it.

Meanwhile, this illness has left him unable to work, his medical bills are piling up. and he’s been forced to stay with family as we work to get him well. We are optimistic and prayerful that we will eventually find the answers that will get him back to wellness, but at this point, it’s pretty open-ended.

If Andols' music touched or improved your life in any way, we hope that you will make a donation of any size to help ease this burden. Thank you in advance, and be assured that any funds will go straight to debt-reduction with the balance into a reserve for future medical expenses.
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I’ve been meaning to follow up on Chimaira Christmas and the world of yours truly. This is going to be lengthy, so here’s a tl:dr – debilitating digestive issues since July 2016 → MDs are blockheads → downstream issues pile up → catatonic depression → reunion show is confirmed and I find hope → physical decline continues with even more unusual and embarrassing symptoms → drive to CLE with incredible enthusiasm, but off of 2 all-nighters and in terrible shape on every level, play poorly, my Chimaira brothers showed incredible concern and love, and quickly determine I am a huge liability (100% correct) → continue physical degradation, bedridden almost all day → crying and typing out this post.

Last November when I was in free fall and just lost my job, my family had me come to stay with them in North Carolina from Las Vegas. They are my guardian angels and have been unwavering in their support. Somehow in the midst of this, I met a girl from 1000 miles away who is gorgeous, caring, patient, and warm. MegAnne saved my life, and I know we will spending ours together.

The more love and support they show me, the more I agonize over regressing further and further away from normal, the more I frantically research and try to make headway….because I don’t just want it for myself, I want them to see their son/brother/soulmate climb back from the basement of hell to a better version of myself. They’ve laid the foundation, they’ve helped me many times over, and every day I feel so ashamed of what I’ve become. Make no mistake, if not for the love and support from them, and the kind words and generous donations my Facebook family has given me I’d be dead in the backseat of a car in the middle of nowhere, first the vehicle and then myself out of gas.

When the talks of a Chimaira reunion became real, I was so incredibly excited. I’ve really missed performing, and its been a gap in my heart I tried to ignore. So my dream was becoming reality, and I would not have believed I’d be in the physical and emotional state I am now. I fully support Austin taking the reigns….that dude is re-fucking-diculous….and find solace in knowing the most special Chimaira show ever is guaranteed to be the best performance of its career. But fucking hell do I wish I was there rehearsing, instead of loathing what I will feel when my feet touch the ground and my 8-hour preparation to run a quick errand.

More and more I feel like this relentless discomfort, nausea, physical deterioration is my reality, and that I have to learn how to block the noise out of my mind, one that is like a bullhorn blaring in my face every waking second. I hope I’m wrong. I know there are things yet to be investigated. I’m taking as much of the healing process into my own hands, because MDs simply want to wash their own of me. I want to get behind a kit once more, honor the support of my family by regaining my autonomy, and be the best version of me for the girl who amazes me more daily.

Many of you contributed to the GoFundMe campaign my family set up in April. I’m going to share that link right here: https://www.gofundme.com/andols-herrick-medical-fund/donate

Share it if you feel so inclined, and I would be grateful. I have a lot of testing and treatments to do and I am limited in what I’m capable to explore. That’s the extent my pride will allow me to say. Just know that you guys have already lifted me up in a way that overwhelms me.

I’m trying to find light in the pitch black darkness, waiting for “rock bottom” to happen. I’m terrified, embarrassed, and my mind all to often falls into a dark place. But I’m also grateful, blessed, loved, and constantly marvel about the amount of support I’ve been given.

From the bottom of my heart: I’m sorry I let the fans and my Chimaira brethren down. As Rocky Balboa said: “It ain’t how hard you can hit, its how you can get hit and keep moving forward!” I love you all, and look forward to redeeming myself in every aspect.

With respect and humility,
Andols
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From our Dad -

"Friends of Andols:

I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the kind and encouraging comments you’ve posted for my son Andols (Andy!), and I thank son, Tim, for coordinating this effort. He’s with me and mom Alys, and we’re working with him to find healthcare providers who can identify exactly what is wrong and get it fixed. In the mean time, we take it day by day. Your generous contributions at any level fill us with gratitude for all you have done and will do. I, like many of you, would like to see Andols return to the kit where his God-given gifts are centered. Let’s get him well, and then we’ll see.

Again, thank you so much for supporting Andols both financially and emotionally. "
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Thank you all. I've seen some people request a little more info so that they know what's going on, but Andols requested that I not put anything in too specific. I will say this: His issue is abdominal. He has good days and bad days. On good days, he can move around a bit and perhaps run an errand. On bad days he can't get out of bed or even bend over, much less eat very much. He has lost a ton of weight because of this and is a bit emaciated.

Hopefully that gives you a little more clarity about what's going on without violating his wishes. Thank you all again for your wonderful support of my brother.
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Thank you all for your donations so far. We're very grateful for your help.
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Chris Borges
18 months ago
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Loved all of your albums, and learned a lot of Chimaira's songs. Get well.

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John Dillon
18 months ago

The flame was almost extinguished There's a will that had faded and escaped from me Two years have passed and they wilted away All that was left were memories of days I never lived Now the fight is on, until there's nothing left I'll fight like never before The fight is on, until my final breath I've never wanted anything more I must never let it die Bonds are strengthened when they've been tested And mended when they've been torn So give all of yourself that there is to give Cause in life to have never risked is to have never lived Now the fight is on, until there's nothing left I'll fight like never before The fight is on, until my final breath I've never wanted anything more I must never let it die So resolve, reassure and push on without fear Ignite the flame, because only you govern what tomorrow holds It's inside us all waiting to be awoken It's more than words describe This is the spark, let it burn, make it build It will never be denied Because the fight is on, until there's nothing left I'll fight like never before The fight is on, until my final breath I've never wanted anything more I must never let it die Will we let it die? NEVER

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Erick Thomas Ollsonn
17 months ago

Best wishes..Andols I'm in the same situation.. Your skill in this world of metal is greatly loved ..Horns to the greatest drummer in my opinion

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Jer Manuel
18 months ago

Seen you ages ago Andy tucson daze get well dude...

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Chris Borges
18 months ago
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Loved all of your albums, and learned a lot of Chimaira's songs. Get well.

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John Dillon
18 months ago

The flame was almost extinguished There's a will that had faded and escaped from me Two years have passed and they wilted away All that was left were memories of days I never lived Now the fight is on, until there's nothing left I'll fight like never before The fight is on, until my final breath I've never wanted anything more I must never let it die Bonds are strengthened when they've been tested And mended when they've been torn So give all of yourself that there is to give Cause in life to have never risked is to have never lived Now the fight is on, until there's nothing left I'll fight like never before The fight is on, until my final breath I've never wanted anything more I must never let it die So resolve, reassure and push on without fear Ignite the flame, because only you govern what tomorrow holds It's inside us all waiting to be awoken It's more than words describe This is the spark, let it burn, make it build It will never be denied Because the fight is on, until there's nothing left I'll fight like never before The fight is on, until my final breath I've never wanted anything more I must never let it die Will we let it die? NEVER

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Erick Thomas Ollsonn
17 months ago

Best wishes..Andols I'm in the same situation.. Your skill in this world of metal is greatly loved ..Horns to the greatest drummer in my opinion

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Jer Manuel
18 months ago

Seen you ages ago Andy tucson daze get well dude...

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