Help Andrew Win Again Against Osteosarcoma

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Raised by 234 people in 1 month
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. 

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. 
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). 
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/  . 
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. 
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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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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Andrew’s alma mater is helping to get the word out. Thank you, Granite Hills High School!

Will you continue to help get the word out and share this campaign? We are just shy of $4,000 to reach our $25,000 goal.
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You’ve done it! You all have helped to break the $20,000 mark in this campaign. We aim to reach our goal of $25,000. Please continue to share Andrew’s story and this Go Fund Me page.

We’ll get there, especially if we have half the fight in us that Andrew has....listen to what he’s been going through the last few days...

“Well, after about 3.5 days of tests, observations, meds and torture, I am finally off the third floor of Zion (Kaiser Hospital) and on my way home.

The pain has gotten better, but at times is still absolutely horrible. To the point where it would take my breath away and I would be trembling in agony. We experimented with different types of painkillers for days until we found which combination was the best, and then adjusted those doses. There were periods of time where I could not focus on anything because I was so sedated and yet still in so much pain. But I’m fairly confident this regimen will be really good for me at home, along with lots of sleep and rest and leg elevation.

The swelling is still pretty bad. From my knee to my hip, my right leg is easily double the size of my left leg. The skin is tight, the aching is deep, and I constantly changed positions because after a while, something would be hurting. To help fight the blood clots, I was on a Heparin drip for three days, and it did help with the swelling on the lower half of my right leg, but the upper half is still pretty bad. We’re hoping that in a few weeks, with being on a blood thinner injection, the swelling will reduce and relieve all the intense pressure in my right leg.

These last three days were especially hard. Maybe because I wasn’t planning to be stuck at Kaiser, but I had no problem asking for pain medication and saying how awful I felt. I still feel a lot of pain, but I’m hoping I’ll feel better laying in bed at home rather than Kaiser.

Thank you to everyone who checked in on me, sent me a message, or visited me. I really really needed it. I am now on my full dose of chemo pills, so hopefully I can juggle that along with the blood clots as well. It was one of those weeks where you take it one day, one hour, sometimes one minute at a time.

And that’s okay. As long as we’re still moving forward.”
#AndrewWinsAgain #cancersucks #bloodclotssuck #MetastaticOsteosarcoma #AndrewsPrayerWarriors
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Help us to break $20,000! We are so close.
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Raised by 234 people in 1 month
Created May 2, 2019
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