Andrew is a courageous, 11 year-old boy from Kenosha, WI who is facing his second battle against cancer. In June of 2008, at 2 years old, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). He endured over 3 years of treatment, including chemotherapy and painful lumbar punctures. In October of 2016 Andrew relapsed with ALL. After relapse he stayed in the hospital from around Thanksgiving time through New Year's, staying at home only about 25 days in the first 4 months of treatment. Andrew is once again undergoing chemotherapy and is currently looking at an additional year and a half of active treatment, which is much more difficult with stronger, more intense doses of chemo.
Andrew also has Ataxic Cerebral Palsy which impacts the muscle tone in his legs and sometimes his balance. He tends to walk on his toes and at times struggles with fine motor control. He was born premature and in combination with the chemotherapy injections into his spinal fluid he has learning delays and processing issues. He has always been an outgoing, social boy, but as of late he has struggled with anxiety and self-image due to fatigue and hair loss.
When we walked into Andrew’s room for the first time, there is no doubt he finds his safe place and escape in his room filled with Legos. In every corner you find Star Wars toys and Star Wars characters built from Legos. In addition to Legos, Andrew loves all animals, especially golden retrievers and riding horses at a therapy program. Andrew was sharing a room with his brother until January 2017. He now has his own space Designing Dreams transformed into his dream bedroom- A Star Wars escape where he can create, play, and recover back to his energetic self. August of 2017 we had so much fun transforming a place for this fun-loving boy, Andrew! #TeamAndrew