At just 3 years old, Andrew was diagnosed with a brain tumor called medulloblastoma. In 2007 he was rushed into emergency surgery that lasted approximately 12 hours to remove the cancerous tumor. As a result, he had to endure months of radiation and chemotherapy treatment along with stem cell therapy.
After being in remission for almost 10 years to the date, the family is enduring tragedy again. Andrew has been diagnosed with a new tumor located on his brainstem called a glioma that is threatening his life. This tumor is very aggressive and growing at a rapid pace. Andrew quickly underwent a biopsy that determined the tumor is located in a very sensitive part of the brainstem that makes it inoperable. He has now undergone follow up radiation treatment to slow the growth of the tumor but this form of cancer is fatal. Andrew is currently in critical condition at Lurie Children’s Hospital ICU.
As a result of this entire medical emergency, Andrew’s mom Rebekkah has been living at Lurie’s since early October of this year. She has remained at his bedside since day one and has had to quit her job in order to assist the medical staff with his treatments. Andrew’s dad Gilbert, is also at his bedside daily when not working or tending to their other two children Karina and Gilbert Jr.
The family asks for your prayers in their time of need. Funds raised will go towards medical costs and support for the Garcia family.
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