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Sunday
Aug072011

Andrew Sarkisian

Andrew grew up in Westboro, MA with his brother Matt, and parents, Bob and Betty. He was a tremendous tennis and soccer player, and a passionate golfer. I met Andy in March of 1997 at West Virginia University where he attended college. In the fall of 1997 Andrew and our group of friends joined the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Andrew was a quiet guy and one that everyone liked, respected, and knew they could count on for anything. Andrew graduated in 2000 with a degree from the West Virginia University School of Business and Economics and went on to marry his college sweetheart Rachael in May of 2004. They lived in Bellingham, MA, and both had great careers going, and had a bright future in front of them.

On October 21st, 2005 Andrew was diagnosed with t-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. A.L.L. is a very rare form of leukemia and an extremely harsh one to battle. Though not something he wanted to do, Andrew was ready to take on this challenge and fight it until he no longer could.  Andrew had went through many rounds of chemotherapy, full body radiation, and a stem cell transplant. At times, these treatments seemed to work and at one point Andrew was close to remission. He even started interviewing for a new job, and was so excited to get back to a “normal” life. He got out to play a couple rounds of golf and made it out for my 29th birthday in March of 2007. 

In April 2007 a CT scan revealed the tumors were back in his body and the doctors were not very hopeful of the outcome. Andrew refused hospice care and wanted more treatment - refusing to give up on the courageous battle for his life. Not once throughout this illness did I hear Andrew complain, never did he say “why me”, and never, did he give up. He was a true inspiration for all that knew him and now he is a true inspiration for all that should have known him.

After watching Andrew go through this battle, fighting to his last breath, he has truly inspired me to continue on his fight and his battle. I saw the days when Andrew was able to run around and enjoy life to its fullest extent, playing pickup basketball at WVU, golfing, and going out with friends. I also saw the days at the hospital, where one day he could get up out of bed on his own, to the days when he needed help, to the days he didn’t have the energy to get out of bed at all. Andrew was and always will be a true inspiration to all. He has inspired me to co-found StopLeukemia.Org with the hopes of never giving up, always inspiring those around me, and fighting to the last whistle, last second, or last breath.

Andrew was an avid fundraiser for leukemia research, twice being a top individual fund raiser for Leukemia-Lymphoma Society. My goals are to continue his fund raising success, help others with much needed financial assistance with regards to this dreaded disease, provide a forum for others to share their inspirations, raise awareness of the many treatments available, and bring as many survivors and loved ones together to celebrate all of our inspirations.