Stand by the Garcia Family

Andrew Garcia is a fun loving 8th grader who just reached the point where his parents had to stop worrying everyday about his past fight against cancer. Since he survived the battle against cancer at just 3 years old, he has filled every room with smiles and laughter. From singing in his school talent show to being an older brother to two younger siblings; Andrew is a kind and loving boy who should soon be graduating in the spring.

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. 

  • Mary Ann Lewandowski 
    • $50 
    • 43 mos
  • William Kennedy 
    • $50 
    • 43 mos
  • Jeni Marlo 
    • $100 
    • 43 mos
  • Karen Bales 
    • $100 
    • 44 mos
  • Elizabeth Castro 
    • $500 
    • 44 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Sabrina Gagliano 
Chicago, IL
Gilbert Garcia 
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