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Yes Way, Jose! Hero Fund


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Jose Andres, lovingly nicknamed Joche, was an amazing, intelligent and strong young man, who touched the hearts of everyone he met. An inspiration to all of us, as he faced his very difficult journey with grace and humility. This Fund is dedicated to our champion, our warrior, our hero. We miss him deeply and keep is memory alive within us. Please join us and help our team, Yes Way, Jose! in our quest to conquer childhood cancer. Thank you for keeping Joche, and all our brave warriors in your thoughts.
2021
$14,189
Funds Raised in 2021
2020
$12,855
Funds Raised in 2020
$238,977
Total Funds Raised
Since 2005

Jose Andres was diagnosed in January 2005 with a very aggressive type of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma. It had metastasized to different parts of his body.  Initially, the treatment worked.  But five months later he developed Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML), as well as a heart condition and kidney problems. He underwent radiation and chemotherapy, a cord blood transplant, and participated in a Phase 2 clinical trial. 

Despite all the treatment, Joche did not get any better. With no additional available treatment, he earned his wings on September 30, 2009. He passed away at home surrounded by his loved ones. 

Joche had a warrior's spirit and made an effort to conquer his fears, especially becoming at peace with his situation.  He once expressed: “Even though this battle has been tough, and I feel like it took a piece of me, it’s taught many lessons - especially how to survive”. The constant physical struggle wore out his body but not his spirit. Life seemed interesting to him and tried to take as much as he could in the few years he had. His interests were numerous and varied. He liked to collect things, many things, but above all, he collected moments, thoughts, and memories. He liked to see the world, to enjoy it, and celebrate with friends with no particular reason. He had a witty personality.  He was always quick to make a joke and laughed not only to feel good but also to make others feel good. To feel his way through life was worthwhile, no matter how short the trip was. 

We started our crusade to conquer childhood cancer 15 years ago, in Joche’s honor. We continue in his memory now. We will keep our quest to help all the kids fighting this battle with the possibility of a better life, for better treatments, for a cure. Please join us!!!

Yes Way, Jose! Hero Fund Highlights & Happenings

Filling The Funding Gap

Filling the Funding Gap

Learn about the funding gap that impacts childhood cancer research and how 
St. Baldrick’s is trying to fill it.

What You Should Know About Childhood Cancer

Childhood cancer affects thousands of kids and families around the world every year. This infographic shows a few realities you should know.

Vicky Cabrera Helps Conquer Kids' Cancers

"La Voz" contestant Vicky Cabrera hosted a virtual concert to raise funds for  Yes Way, Jose!  See the concert here.

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Where does the money go?

Donations given to the Yes Way, Jose Hero Fund go directly to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund lifesaving childhood cancer research around the world. The Foundation is guided by a Scientific Advisory Committee, comprised of leading experts in the childhood cancer community, to ensure that every dollar makes the greatest impact for kids with cancer.

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Who's Involved

These people make us smile - they’re the doers and money-raisers on behalf of the Yes Way, Jose Her Fund. They’re shaving their heads, hosting events, starting fundraisers, and more to make childhood cancer research possible.

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2021 Teams for Yes Way, Jose! Hero Fund

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    • Norfolk, VA
    • 7 participants
    • $14,201.37 raised

    Get involved your own way:

    Start your own St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event to raise money on behalf of our Hero Fund! You’ll be paired with a staff member who will walk you through every step of the process, and you’ll have fun knowing you’re doing a great thing for kids with cancer.

    Register to shave your head and raise money for our Hero Fund at any St. Baldrick’s event happening around the world! Not finding an event near you? Register as a virtual shavee and shave your head anytime, anywhere.

    Head-shaving not your thing? You can start a fundraiser to raise money for our Hero Fund with St. Baldrick’s in a way that interests you! Like biking? Bike a marathon. Like baking? Start a cookie baking fundraiser… You get the picture.

    Need help? Email us at Funds@StBaldricks.org

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