Andrew Weaver has endured a lot in his first three years, but you would never know it, watching him run through the atrium of Levine Children’s Hospital. “Today, we’re back to visit some of his care team,” said mom, Kelly. This team – comprised of doctors, nurses, Child Life specialists, and more – were instrumental in saving Andrew’s life after he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at the young age of three months.
Andrew and his family coined themselves “Team Monkey” after the cuddly monkey blankets and stuffed animals that surrounded Andrew during his hospitalization. They rallied around Kelly and her husband Chris as their child endured chemotherapy, multiple surgeries, and numerous blood transfusions. And Team Monkey’s care extended beyond the walls of the hospital, as they came out to walk in Andrew’s honor at Levine Children’s Hospitals annual Hopebuilders 5K fundraiser. “It was pure love and dedication to Andrew’s recovery in motion,” said Kelly.
Today, Andrew is cancer-free and monkeying around with other toddlers his age. He and his family are also giving back to the hospital, creating awareness for cancer programs and advocating for philanthropic support. Andrew is representing the thousands of sick and injured kids treated at Levine Children’s Hospital by serving as the 2018 Children’s Miracle Network Champion for local CMN fundraising campaigns.
Visit this page to support kids, like Andrew, through a local contribution to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (and our local CMN Hospital, Levine Children’s Hospital).