#TeamAndy - Stand UP for Andy

$8,010 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 115 people in 32 months
Kerri Silva
on behalf of Kristen Cohen
 HESPERIA, CA

Welcome to the Team Ohana ~ Help Andy Fight Fundraising Campaign!

On May 29, 2015 Andy was diagnosed with a form of brain cancer called Anaplastic Astrocytoma.  

What is Anaplastic Astrocytoma — An anaplastic astrocytoma is a grade III tumor.  These rare tumors require more aggressive treatment than benign pilocytic astrocytoma.

Anaplastic Astrocytomas tend to have tentacle-like projections that grow into surrounding tissue, making them difficult to completely remove during surgery.

To learn more about it, you can visit:   http://www.abta.org/brain-tumor-information/types-of-tumors/astrocytoma.html


Andy is in for the fight of his life and we have rallied around him to make sure that he has the support he needs physically and emotionally, however, we are starting a campain to help raise the funds necessary to aid in his recovery and his treatments!  

For those of you who know Andy personally, you know that he will not give up and he will fight with all he's got!  He's got way too many things left to accomplish and we are sure as hell going to help him make that happen!

For those who don't personally know Andy ... Who is Andy Cohen?  He is a friend, mentor, father, husband, son, brother, leader, business owner, creator, fabricator, author, teacher, patriot and so much more.

At first glance he might be intimidating as he eyes you over his bi-focal glasses, you might think he's sizing you up, and you are probably right.

He is no nonsense and direct in his opinion and assessment of character.  He is someone WE will always want on our side.  So WE stand with him during this battle for his life.

We have started this campaign to raise funds to aid in his treatments and recovery.  As we all know insurance will only cover so much and our focus is to take the burden off Andy and Kristen so that they can focus on his well being.

In the future he faces treatments of Chemotherapy and Radiation.  We want to ensure that he stays focused on them and not on the mounting medical costs.

We thank you for your love and support!


 

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#TeamAndy would like to THANK everyone for the flowers, calls, text messages, emails love, thoughts and prayers over the past couple weeks! It still doesn't seem real that he's gone, but we know that he will live on forever in all those lives that he's touched!

We have also set up a Booster campaign so that you can be a part of #TeamAndy - https://www.booster.com/team-ohana-help-andy-fighta
Always into something this guy!
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On Monday, October 24th Andy passed away peacefully surrounded with family and love.

When Andy made the decision to allow home hospice to come in and assist with his care during whatever amount of time he had left here with us, it was a decision that he did not make lightly and a decision that he made with care and consideration of not only himself, but his family.

Andy was strong and brave during this battle! His wife Kristen was by his side every step of the way, his children, family and friends could not be more proud of the fight he gave!

Please consider a small donation in his honor to assist with outstanding medical costs and financial obligations that are not covered by insurance.

We have also set up a Booster campaign so that you can be a part of #TeamAndy - https://www.booster.com/team-ohana-help-andy-fighta

We'd like to THANK everyone for their love, thoughts and prayers over the past few days! It doesn't seem real that he's gone, but we know that he will live on forever in all those lives that he's touched!
If you look close, you'll see it
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Andy is the bravest and strongest person I know. I am so proud of him!

Journal entry by Kristen Cohen — 10/24/2016

When Andy was first diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer in May 2015, together, we took some time to absorb the words, "you have brain cancer". He had 3 cancerous tumors on the right front side of his brain. We spoke to many doctors about the disease, treatment options and what to expect. #1, they all told us that there is no cure. Average life expectancy is 12-18 months. #2 there are treatment options available to help extend your life and they aren't easy. #3 you WILL reach a point where you will say, I've had enough and that's ok, you will understand when you get there.We discussed this at length and together made the decision to try our best to fight and have more time together. After all we still had things to do.

So we spent the summer of 2015 going to the City of Hope and Andy endured 30 radiation treatments along with chemo. He continued to take his chemo pills for the next 9 months, 5 days per month. Not so bad (except we all know that Andy HATES taking pills). Andy was able to continue to work on some projects and travel with me occasionally on some of my business trips. We were just about at the one year mark from diagnosis and thinking maybe we have this beast under control. Not so much.

In June 2016, the doctors discovered another tumor, this one on his brain stem. The oncologist and radiologist both thought they could zap the tumor with radiation, and in conjunction with the chemo medication, have a chance of beating back this tumor like the original 3. So off to the City of Hope for 30 more radiation treatments the summer of 2016, finishing up on August 12th (the day my father passed) During this time, Andy continued to get weaker and was by now walking somewhat with the assistance of a walker, but mostly moving around in a wheelchair. It took a lot for Mike and I to get him up and about but we all managed. We had our times when Andy got stubborn and he fell several times, but fortunately just got some scrapes and bruises and no broken bones.

Then came the follow up from the recent radiation and lo and behold the original tumors started acting up again. His oncologist said there was another type of chemo he could try, it was up to Andy to decide what to do. Andy said "I don't want to die". We were told about the side effects (which were scary) and that this was not a miracle drug. This involved a trip to City of Hope every two weeks, where they would administer the medication via IV. We discussed this and made the decision to move forward and give this treatment a try.

October 14th we drove to the City of Hope for this first infusion. You know this is some scary shit when the label on the on the medication says bio hazard, and the nurse puts on gloves, mask and a gown and plugs this stuff into an IV that goes directly into your blood. Andy took this without complaining and we went home.

It didn't take long and his condition started to deteriorate even more. He fell a couple more times and I called his oncologist to report on his condition. She suggested we talk to home hospice and see what they had to offer. As soon as the nurse met Andy, introduced herself, asked him how he was doing he said," I'm tired I don't want to do this anymore". He made the decision on his own terms that he had had enough. His quality of life was gone. This was October 19th.

Words can even begin to express what he has been thru the past 18 months. He has endured so much, never complaining, just giving it his all to live. This disease sucks!! I am so proud of him and how he's handled this journey with such grace and dignity. He is the strongest person I know.

I don't know what else to say at this time, I'm doing my best to help make him comfortable during his final days. I wrote this more for me and to keep all our friends updated. Please keep him in your prayers.
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Drake Fentoni
19 months ago
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Thinking about you guys.

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Drake Fentoni
20 months ago
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Love you man....

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Drake Fentoni
21 months ago
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F cancer... Win baby just win. In your corner kid. Love ya man.

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Raised by 115 people in 32 months
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$25
Mary Busch
13 months ago

andy never forgotten kristen always thought of with lv

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Anonymous
14 months ago
$100
Don Fenton
14 months ago
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On behalf of Team TruckVault. I wish I could be at the service but will be in early for SHOT Show due to some commitments.

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Bruce. S Abbe
15 months ago
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If I can give more in the future I will.....

JV
$50
Jessica Valentine
17 months ago
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We think of you every day Andy. Keep fighting. You are so strong. Jessica and Bruce

NH
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Nancy Homer
17 months ago
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Love you, Andy Cohen ,,, my favorite Birthday Twin ,,, I'm praying for a Miracle & the strength to carry you through these horrendous times ,,, & yes, F___ Cancer !!! Hugs to you & Kirsten

Drake Fentoni
19 months ago
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Thinking about you guys.

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Drake Fentoni
20 months ago
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Love you man....

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Drake Fentoni
21 months ago
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F cancer... Win baby just win. In your corner kid. Love ya man.

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