as told by his mom, Sara.
Andrew was diagnosed with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma Stage 4 on February 24, 2014. He was three weeks shy of turning 11.
Andrew had a tumour the size of a grapefruit behind his left knee. It had wrapped itself around the nerve of his leg and also spread to the lymph nodes in his abdomen. The pain it caused was indescribable and Andrew was given unprecedented amounts of morphine. His gruesome and aggressive protocol began March 5th.
By the grace of God, he averted surgery to remove the tumour. Besides all the hospital admissions for treatment, Andrew also had 12 admissions because of fever/neutropenia which was accompanied by unbearable mucositis pain.
Despite all these admissions, pain, pokes, transfusions and the mobility issues he faced, Andrew always managed to stay strong. He was his own advocate and no one ever had to guess how he was feeling.
Andrew is 13 now, and cancer-free. We know that this cancer is a tough one to beat but our faith and the power of everyone’s prayer has gotten us this far. We also could not have been able to face this life-threatening illness if it wasn’t for Childcan. Childcan not only helped us financially but emotionally as well. Even post-treatment, we still rely on Childcan for many things.
I never imagined being a part of an organization like Childcan, but I don’t know where we’d be without it. In our darkest moment, Childcan’s Renee was our beacon of light. We are so grateful to Childcan for all they do for our children and our families.