Andy’s Ambassadors is a group of young cancer survivors that want to make a difference. We’re working to mentor these young heroes so they have a voice, provide an avenue for them to give back and make strides in nurturing these kids to be leaders of the future. It also gives us the opportunity to honor and remember those young angels who left us far too early and make sure their short lives continue to have meaning and impact. Funds raised by Andy’s Challenge benefit the cancer charities selected by our Andy's Ambassadors. These charities had a significant impact on our Ambassadors during their treatments.
Jacob Munoz: In 2015, after feeling sick for five days, Jacob was diagnosed with Pre-B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a very rare and aggressive form of cancer.
Jacob's journey over the past four years is an incredible testament of faith, family and perseverance.
Jacob's charity: Candlelighters Houston
Andy Allen: The namesake of Andy's Challenge, Andy was first diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at age 2, and then again at age 10. He’s been in remission since April 2016. Andy will turn 16 this fall and is enjoying life in high school.
Andy's Charity: MD Anderson Arts in Medicine
Drew Carroll: When Drew was 3 ½ years old, she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and finished her 2 ½ years of chemotherapy in August 2016. Congratulations on FIVE years cancer free!!! We can't wait to see how you amaze the world more than you already do!
Drew's Charity: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Sydney Marquis: This young woman, originally diagnosed at 11 and now a leukemia survivor, is a sophomore at the University of North Texas. She continues to use her experience with cancer as a platform to spread awareness of the lifelong issues these young heroes will encounter and the fact that there is so little funding focused on pediatric cancer research.
Sydney's Charity: The Periwinkle Foundation
Sophia Anagnostou: Ringing the bell at the end of Sophia’s treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at Texas Children’s in August 2017, Sophia now thrives as a high school junior. She adores attending Camp Periwinkle every summer and
wants to take steps so that time spent working with Andy's Ambassadors can be credited toward high school volunteer hours as required by various high school service organizations.
Sophia's Charity: The Periwinkle Foundation
Austyn Halter: This young hero was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in 2015 at just 2 ½ years of age. She endured 6 rounds of chemotherapy at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. After the 6th round, her leukemia worsened. She was then flown to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis to take part in a research study. In the days ahead, she continued to fight against this horrible disease with such grace and never let it take away her joy. She smiled, she laughed, and she danced without fear. She gained her angel wings in August 2017 after a valiant battle.
Austyn's Charity: St. Jude's