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Help Andrew Win Again Against Osteosarcoma

$25,839 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 252 people in 3 months
Created May 2, 2019
Andrew Tompkins, a cancer survivor, marked his 21st birthday in an unusual way:  a routine CT scan followed by a celebratory Margarita! 

Scan results were devastating. Cancer has returned. While it is treatable, it is not curable. Andrew has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Osteosarcoma. 

Backstory:   
Andrew, the son of my dear friend, was diagnosed with Stage 2B Osteosarcoma at the age of 19. He fought and won with pure physical strength, endurance and the most inspirational attitude and faith-based confidence. His fortitude is matched by the support of his loving family, friends and even strangers who make up his army of Andrew's Prayer Warriors. 
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In his first battle, Andrew endured 18 rounds of chemotherapy and three operations. He rang the cancer "remission" bell when chemo treatments were completed on August 31, 2018. At the age of 20, he was declared NED (no evidence of disease). 
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Not only is Andrew a loving son, brother, nephew, cousin, grandson, friend and soon-to-be uncle, he is simply an outstanding, impressive young man.  Andrew served as a youth leader in his church and was an accomplished high school CIF swim and dive team member. He holds the record for the Men's One Meter Six Dive Program at the University of LaVerne.  Currently, he is a swim/dive student coach at his university, an artist and an advocate for young adult cancer patients, publishing an editorial column for "Humor Beats Cancer" and writing The Survival Guide shared on his blog https://cancercrashcourse.blogspot.com/  . 
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To mount this second attack, Andrew and his family will need love and support along with financial assistance to seek second opinions and participate in promising clinical trials. Medical procedures and travel expenses will need to be covered. 

To begin, Andrew and his family will seek a second opinion at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto with a recommended Sarcoma Specialist. Doctor appointments, CT scans, lab procedures, lab result consultations, family travel from San Diego, ground transportation and lodging are all foreseen expenses.

Second opinion recommendations will dictate future medical treatments and participation in qualifying clinical trials that will most likely occur outside of San Diego. 

How You Can Help: 

Please give to this Go Fund Me account. Every donation, regardless of amount, will help. All funds raised will go to Andrew's upcoming medical treatments and family travel arrangements.

Also, please help spread the word by sharing this page to your Facebook timeline or to your other social media accounts and email to friends and families. Your support is appreciated. 
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Thank you for believing in our warrior, Andrew, and helping him in his fight. You are now an integral part of Andrew's Army. This page will be updated continuously. You can follow Andrew in his brave fight via Andrew's Journey on Facebook or on Instagram @andrews.journey. Thank you!
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Thank you for being a part of Andrew’s Army! You did it! Giving your gift has helped enable us to reach our campaign goal and help Andrew as much as possible! Please continue to share Andrew’s story, to send encouraging words, to say prayers of support and share this campaign. Here’s an update from Andrew: “As I continue life getting the bad chemo out of my system and being chemo free completely, I had the honor of meeting @ulaverne ‘s President Devorah Lieberman and Head Athletic Director Scott Winterburn today. We talked about everything from school to dive to hobbies to etc. The visit was a true blessing because we were able to openly talk about what was on our minds. President Lieberman brought it all together to show me just how much the University cares and looks out for me; they all CONSTANTLY shower me with hope, love, and obviously a joke or two. Talking to them was a privilege and I thank God everyday that I ended up at La Verne and have the network I have now.

To follow up, life hasn’t changed much and in this case, that’s pretty diddly darn dandy. My hospice nurse comes every Friday and she is the sweetest and we get along very well. I’m slowly getting more energy, I’ve gained 14 lbs in about 2.5 weeks, and my calligraphy habit has exploded, to say the least. Markers. Are. Everywhere. But, in the name of Art, it will stay that way.

Other than that, no new news. My podcast should be out sometime in Mid-August, so keep your eyes peeled for that! Take care y’all and God Bless. #AndrewWinsAgain #AndrewsPrayerWarriors #ULV #LaVerne”
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Please continue to pray for Andrew. An update from Andrew’s parents today:
“It always rains the hardest on people who deserve the sun ☀️ “ Last Thursday Andrew’s chemo treatment was brutal. It weakened him to the point that he is not able to walk and ended up in the hospital again. We have decided, along with his doctors, to stop chemo treatments. Andrew needs to gain his strength back before we can begin to explore options that don’t include chemo. Andrew is at home and getting a little stronger each day as the chemo is leaving his body. He has been given an extra pick me up because this sweet boy (his nephew) Ryker and (sister) Marion are here, and he is embracing having his whole family together. We trust in God and know that He alone is in charge. As always, thank you for the love, support, and prayers. Diana Gonzales Tompkins
Paul & Diana #andrewsprayerwarriors #andrewwinsagain #cancersucks
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Andrew’s community of Alpine came out to support yesterday at the annual 4th of July parade and celebration buying patriotic crazy socks and t-shirts and sending their positive greetings of healing.

All money raised went directly to Andrew as he continues to battle the beast, osteosarcoma. He’s struggling to maintain his strength and all prayers are much appreciated.

Your generosity, kind notes, caring comments and prayers are so encouraging.

$1,831 is needed to reach this goal to help Andrew and his family pay for medications, treatments, hospital and home care. We’ll make that goal with just 18 more people at $100 each or 100 more at $18 each!

Please, give if you haven’t given yet and if you have, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts. Please share this campaign and help give it resurgence as we need to fight on! ANDREW’S ARMY IS AMAZING! Thank you!
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Today was a phenomenal day of community support! Thank you to everyone who came out today to give blood to help cancer patients like Andrew and Luke at the Blood Drive hosted at the Alpine Fire Station. The blood donation goal was met AND through a bake sale, Andrew and Luke merchandise and crazy socks, funds were raised to help Andrew in his fight against osteosarcoma. Best of all, everyone there to visit with Andrew & Luke and rockin’ their crazy socks, helped to create an atmosphere of love and support. Thank you to the Hayworth family for organizing the blood drive and for generously insisting all donations go towards Andrew and thank you to the Alpine Fire District for hosting, along with all our bake sale bakers and volunteers.
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