Saturday, January 10, 2009

Quick Saturday Hello!


To all the Laurelhurst, Eckstein, CAYA, Roosevelt, Franklin Quakers (FQ!), UDUB teammates and friends, Ballard Saturday Morning Hoops crew, USBANK Seattle and St. Louis friends/coworkers, Mike Duffs crew, 206 and 314 area code pals, and all Friends and Family who have checked into this amazing blog that my sister put together. It really touches me in a way I can't describe. Everyone of you who has posted has lifted my energy with each note that you have took the time to send me, I can remember great personal experiences with each and every one you guys-childhood til now. Every encounter has had one commonality-laughing, telling jokes, shooting the breeze, loving life, and appreciating everything we have. I realize this is not going to be an easy process to battle, but I am ready for the fight and cannot wait for the times that are ahead with each and everyone of you as we have many more of the same experiences together that we can remember for a lifetime. I am going to beat this, there is no question in my mind. Each and every persons prayers and thoughts lifts and encourages me everyday, so keep it up. We are going to kick this thing in its butt, and be an encouragement and example to people that anything is possible in the world through positive energy, tremendous support, and the power of prayer. HAPPY SATURDAY!



Anonymous said...


You will beat this thing. There is no doubt in my mind. Getting to know you the past year, I know how determined and positive you are and you inspire people to be the same way. You will get through this without a doubt. My thoughts and prayers are with you man.

Jason Fink

Mike and Heather Amato said...


This blog is great!! Mike and I enjoyed viewing your pictures and checking out the links that are attached. You are such a strong, awesome, caring, loving and wonderful person and we have no doubt in our minds that you will beat this!!! We are so blessed to have met you and have such a wonderful friend. We miss you very much and can't wait for ya to come back soon!!! You are in our thoughts and prayers buddy!!!!
Love ya. Heather and Michael Amato

Mike and Heather Amato said...

PS...Mike says BOOMLAND!!!

Michelle Bast said...

Hey Andrew,
So great to see a message from you! I have been praying for you and your doctors ever since I heard the news. I know your postive "can do" attitude along with the support and prayers from your family and many friends will help you win this battle. You are an awesome person with such a big heart and lots of postive energy --you will win and continue to inspire others!! My prayers are with you Andrew.

Debbie said...

Hi AD,

We all miss you and are thinking about you. Wrote you a new poem.

"You came to the West and into our lives.

You kicked it up! What a pleasant surprise!

Can't think of a person...other than Drew

Who has touched so many... except for you

By sharing your laughter, stories and fun

We want to be part of this journey you've begun

We have a spot that needs a fill

Been kinda quiet 2nd floor at the Mill

I'm sure that you know...

We are all here for you

With all of our love...

Your friends in St Lou! :)


Joel Wiliams said...

Drew Mo!

Having our Fantasy Football Gathering tonight and watchin the playoffs with some o' the fellas, made us think of ya... We're all thinking of great times to come and cant wait to see ya!

Joel & Christy Williams

Missy said...

Know you are gonna get through this with lots of love from family and friends...this rare type of cancer is gonna get its ass kicked. It doesn't know what it's in for.

Take care, my friend - wishing you the very best.
Missy (from da Storm!)

Amanda Deno said...

Hey Andrew,
I just wanted you to know that you have been in my thoughts and prayers every day. I had been checking with my mom about any updates, but with this blog I won't miss a thing. Thank you again for coming over for Thanksgiving it was a lot of fun having you there! Hopefully you come back to St. Louis soon so we can go get that aren't getting out of it! Hope to hear lots of good news soon

Anonymous said...

It's me again....still praying and thinking about you. You have given so much to each one of us, the least we can give back to you is prayer and support.

Jon and Julie Pedersen said...

Good day to you and your family from the Pedersen's. We are lucky to have met you and our blessed to have you as a friend. Good luck in the coming days and you know if you need anything we are there for you. We enjoy the blog and our ready for you to beat this. BOOMLAND to you and your family.

Julie, Jon, Skylar and Elaina

Anonymous said...

Drew, as everyone has stated and everyone are a very special and blessed person. We love you and know that you will beat this, and this will be your biggest come back! Lotsa Lov

Shirley K

Andrew said...

Big Drew,
I must say that all of this news has given me a mix of emotions. After a lot of praying and thinking, I'm left with just one emotion: excitement. Is that weird to say? Of course I feel the devastation of the diagnosis, but I'm confident in the fact that you are a person who beats the odds. You always have been that guy (and not just at the Drift On In:)), and you've risen to every challenge set before you. All those battles have prepared your body, heart and mind of this huge battle, and that's what it's going to be, an all out battle. Now it's time to show what you really can do. I'm excited to see you soon and talk about the bright future. You're my boy! I'll be praying.
-Andy Oranen

Melissa Erickson said...

Drew...I am so happy we were able to reconnect! Your attitude and view on this is inspiring. Stay strong and keep in touch bud. I am here for ya anytime!


MarkOsborn said...

Hey Aman---late nighter. UCLA USC undi good by 3 woo. Big time thinking bout ya Monday. Be strong. You are

MarkOsborn said...

A-man UCLA USC Undie good== woo! Up late, youre on the mind dude. Damn come back to the Lou. BE strong You are so its all fine.

Text when you can bro.

PS--- tell the boys ND plus tomorrow!!!!!

Matt Burke said...

Hey Bud,

Good to see your message. This blog is great. I have no doubts that you are going to smash this thing. Always praying for you!!

lookrichbitch said...

Hey Andrew,

Not sure if you remember me. I'm the gal you used to talk to at the Bellevue US Bank whenever I went in to make deposits. :)

I hope you're doing well and just wanted to let you know my thoughts are with you!


Word said...


I had the pleasure of watching of the legendary Bomb Squad for three years. After that experience, there is no doubt in my mind that you will beat this. You are in my prayers.


Anonymous said...


I have no doubt victory is yours. Your friends back in the Lou are praying for you. Be good and stay strong!



Anonymous said...

Hi Andrew,
You do not know me personally, but possibly through Nicole and Bryan L. My husband had Liver cancer and we went to Mexico. I know you have gotten the information about that. Call anytime to talk--day or night! Seriously! IBC is the BEST! Even my 'medical' children will go if ever the need arises.
My prayers are with all of you as you make this journey. Many Blessings to you always.
Carolyn L.

mz cougar said...

JON B!!!!! Ahhhh I know you know who this is as no one else has ever called you that. Greetings from Idaho these days. I am no longer at the Husky Ticket Office and have not been for a couple of years. Yes you read correct I am in Idaho. But that is a discussion for another day. I got a text today about your situation and had to send a shout out to you. Although it has been ions since we last chatted (about Husky bb tix of course :0)) I wanted to send my thoughts and prayers to you as well. I see there is a lot of love out there for you and you can just add me to the list. I know you will fight this thing head on and beat it. It is just who you are!! God will not give us anything we cannot handle and I know you will beat this thing. I pray God will give you the peace and strength to make it through this. Would love to hear from you when you get a spare moment and know that I am praying with you and for you!!, you take care, be encouraged, strong, and positive.God Bless!!!!

Naima said...


You've got two more praying for you in Atlanta. Stay strong!

Naima and Alison Wong
FQ '95 & '97

KelzMiya said...

Drew! It's been along time my dear....however as soon as I heard your name, it immediately made me smile. That's just the kind of person you are (always have been)....makin' people smile! I was so grateful to have been told about this amazing site. I just loved looking thru the photos and reading the blogs & articles. It's truly inspiring to see your smiling face and see all the overwhelming love for you!

With all that and your incredible positivity- YOU WILL BEAT THIS...I'm all in, no doubts, betting on YOU!!! There may be tougher days, but just know that all the people that love you will support you and help you thru them....and thas' a lot of folks afterall!:)

Thinking of you everyday, as I send all my strength, courage and love to you Drew!

Kelly Miyahara

Paddikelly said...


Wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts and that you have a crew here that is alreadyworking to push out the message and figure out a way to participate and help anyway possible. Literally anything that we can do - don't hesitate to ask.

The way I see it, it is just a matter of time till you are back in the mix, back to living your life and back to being a big success story - again.

Patrick Kelly

Anonymous said...

Although it’s been awhile, no amount of time can erase or take away how much you mean to us. Like everyone who has written previously and will write afterwards, you will always have our immeasurable love, support, and prayers.

May the Lord grant you the strength to endure what will come, the hope to believe in the possibilities of tomorrow, and the faith to believe that his and our love for you will never end.

Tom and BethAnne Luangamath

Kelly Isaacson said...


Hey stranger it's sure been a long time. I'm very sorry to hear your news. I can't even imagine how you must be feeling. The good news is you WILL beat this! You've got to stay positive and keep thinking healthy thoughts!
Please know you're in my thoughts & prayers. Take care of yourself!

Kelly Isaacson

Casey (Verdieck) Phillips said...

Hi Andrew,

You are in my thoughts and I am sending healthy & happy energy vibes your way. Your diagnosis has opened my eyes to the importance of cherishing every day. I hope that is okay to say- but your blog is a true reminder of how precious life is. You are an incredible inspiration and your strength is so awesome. The support system that you have in your life is so beautiful and that shows what type of man have become! Go get em! Casey (Verdieck) Phillips