Nineteen-year-old wish kid, Andrew, lost his two year battle with Ewing sarcoma on Friday, October 4. Andrew was not only a courageous person in the face of a terrible disease, but also, someone who touched and inspired others with his faith, compassion and caring nature.
When Andrew was originally approached by Make-A-Wish to have a life-changing experience, he decided that his one true wish was to go to Ecuador on a mission trip. Due to medical restrictions, he was unable to take the trip to Ecuador at the time and it was to be postponed until he was medically able to go. Unfortunately, that time never came.
His condition worsened and he was told that he wouldn’t be able to go to Ecuador. Make-A-Wish then gave him the chance to choose a different wish, something that he could enjoy from a place much closer to home. Andrew, whose motto was “love God and serve others,” chose to donate the cash value of his wish-$5,000-to help purchase a refrigerated food truck for the local food bank at Mosaic Christian Church where he volunteered.
As a devout Christian, Andrew believed that loving and serving others were the most important things anyone could do with their time here on earth. Of his giving nature he said, “I really just enjoy helping others and the feeling you get from giving back. So many people have given to me over the last two years as I've been battling cancer. I really enjoy doing what I can for others."
Andrew not only served others by donating his wish, but he also moved and inspired the Make-A-Wish staff with his “generous nature” and “altruistic spirit.”
Andrew was remembered by Make-A-Wish during the national conference Evening of Excellence, where his family received, in his honor, the Lori Schultz-Betancourt Indomitable Spirit Award. This award is intended to honor the individual who embodies the essence of an “indomitable spirit” and possesses the qualities of persistence, bravery, compassion, integrity and dedication.