Huntsman Cancer InstituteSt. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute
Thank you for supporting me and the more than 300,000 kids worldwide who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. By sharing the gifts of your time, talent and money with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, you're supporting research to give all kids with cancer a better chance for a cure. Remember that every two minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer.
Never, ever thinking we would be "one of those families" we found ourselves facing childhood cancer with my son, Andrew. He went through 9 months of chemo. They had to amputate is whole left leg including the pelvic bone where the cancer was at. He remained positive because he was just learning to drive and knew he could still drive with one right leg. After a month of radiation, everyone was looking for trials and research that could carry him through a devastating cancer prognosis. Reseach programs were few but we traveled to Houston in hopes there was something for Andrew. We were at dead ends and the microscopic cancer had spread to his spine area. He was 15 and passed away at age 18 ½ from a rare form of cancer that strikes mostly boys between the ages of 10 and 20. Life was never the same for our family. The pain and loss is always there and changes you.
Andrew was a fun loving kid...sort of a prankster. His optimism through treatments amazed the doctors and nurses and the family. He gave us strength and rarely complained. Instead he would rather find ways to make others happy. He gave back to others by making things for them or helping at fundraising events. I always say that I saw him mature so fast after the diagnosis and I was given the chance to see the man he would have grown up to be, kind, and generous and loving.
No child or family should have to go through the devastating heartache of childhood cancer. Andrew Knapp and our family always held onto hope that a cure was just around the corner to the very last day. Please give that hope for other children by finding a cure.