Help Andy Fight Cancer

Andy is a 52 year old Deputy Fire Marshal for North Collier Fire and Rescue District in Naples, Florida. He is married and has 4 children and 1 granddaughter. Andy has Cancer.

Andy went into the Navy right out of high school and spent 10 years serving our country.  When he left the Navy and moved to Naples he immediately became a volunteer for the Big Corkscrew Island Fire Department.

He was hired full time in 1999.  In January of 2015, Big Corkscrew merged with North Naples Fire creating the new North Collier Fire and Rescue.

March 30th, 2016
Andy came home from work with abdominal pain.  A visit to the ER resulted in a preliminary diagnosis of colon cancer.  He was admitted and after a colonoscopy was diagnosed with Stage 3C colon cancer.  They removed 8 inches of his colon and he underwent months of chemotherapy. Andy developed severe neuropathy from one of the chemo medications and had to stop it before completing treatment. He continued to work during his chemotherapy treatment, never waivering in his dedication to serve others despite how he felt.    

In November of 2016 he was told there was “no new evidence of disease”. He thought he had this beat. Unfortuantely that was not the case.

His routine follow-up PET scan on June 8th, 2017 revealed some “new” metastatic lymph nodes. One new tumor is in his stomach near his aorta. This has proven to be difficult in regard to diagnosis and a treament plan.

On July 13th, 2017 Andy had a needle biopsy.
The results show that the cancer is back.  The usual course of treatment is chemotherapy again.  They have sent the biopsy sample for genetic testing to see if there are alternative therapies available.

Even though Andy has health insurance through the fire department, the deductible is extremely high and will reset on October 1st 2017.

The Marfongella’s must cover the $11,000+ deductible a 2nd time in October 2017, as well as all of the out of pocket expenses and co-pays, before the insurance will begin to pay for any treatment. At this point, it is not known what type of treatment will be required. 

They will be traveling to and from Atlanta, Georgia to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America beginning the week of July 31st and will have travel and hotel expenses in addition to the medical expenses that are already overwhelming.

Andy is loved by his family, including his parents, siblings, children, grandchildren and extended family. He is also beloved in the local community for his service work and countless hours of volunteering, fighting fires and helping people. On top of all of that Andy is a Veteran.

This kind, generous, caring man who is always there to help everyone else now is in need of help himself. 

Please help Andy & his family with their medical expenses so that he can continue to fight Cancer, have a future with his family and continue to serve his local community. 

Thank you for your support during this extremely difficult time.

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Erin Lynn Kennerly Marfongella 
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