On April 7th 2017 my brother Andrew was diagnosed with Stage IV Rhabdomyosarcoma. He underwent intensive chemotherapy, radiation, and physical therapy over the course of 10 months. He was courageous, heroic and a constant warrior he kept a smile on his face at all times throughout his fight and he beat every obstacle in his way. Andrew was cancer’s greatest opponent thorough it all he remained positive his spirit was contagious. Sadly, in January 2018 we found out that the Chemotherapy was no longer working and the cancer had spread to the brain and bones. Andrew continued to fight never giving up never backing down. Even in the darkest of days he was a true champion and battled cancer with the spirit of a lion. In his last days Andrew battled cancer bravely and he fought it until the very end- he was a hero until the end. On February 28, 2018 Andrew lost his battle with cancer as God called him home. Andrew was a beloved son, brother and a true hero who served his community and he will be greatly missed. He touched the lives of everyone who knew him.
Rhabdomyosarcoma is a rare cancer- about 3% of all childhood cancers are rhabdomyosarcoma or RMS. Only 350 new cases of Rhabdomyosarcoma occur each year in the United States this number has not changed over the last few decades. Most Rhabdomyosarcomas are found in children 10 or younger Andrew was 24 when he was diagnosed making it a very rare occurrence.
Because of the rare occurrence of Rhabdomyosarcoma most oncologists will hardly ever see a case of it in their lifetime. RMS is a severely understudied cancer because not much is known about it, or how to treat it. It is crucial that we encourage our legislators for more funding which leads to research which leads to more knowledge and a cure to stop Rhabdomyosarcoma. Please join me in the fight by donating to the Sarcoma Foundation of America in Memory of my Brother to support research so that we can find a cure for this disease so that we can begin to save lives. It is my honor to continue to work with and support the Sarcoma Foundation of America to help them continue their great work. So please join me in helping to find cure for Rhabdomyosarcoma so together we can stop cancer.
In Loving Memory of Andrew Fundack
Created by his Sister Ashley Fundack