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My Super Hero Wears A Cape Of Courage - Andrew's Angels
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My Super Hero Wears A Cape Of Courage, A Smile That Melts Hearts And His “Special Shoes” Every Day!

October, 2012

My super hero is our (just turned) 6-year-old son, Andrew.

Andrew is our biggest blessing…and best teacher…in this world. He teaches his parents important lessons every day. Lessons like: not to take for granted your talents and abilities; how to be patient when you are really frustrated; how to be an AMAZING friend to all who will let you —- and many more.

… and Andrew has cerebral palsy.

His “special shoes” are what we call the devices that he wears on his leg and feet to strengthen his leg, stretch his feet and provide sensory feedback to his brain. My super hero wears some cool looking special shoes!

After many years of MANY doctors not knowing exactly what “it” was (and therefore inaccurately putting his issues under the umbrella diagnosis of “developmental delay”), Andrew was finally diagnosed with cerebral palsy one month before his 4th birthday. That was 2 years ago last month. Wow, what an incredible journey the last 2 years have been! It has been a scary, humbling, informative, difficult, empowering and mostly BLESSED journey. I want to share it with all of you as we REALLY want our path, our son’s journey, to make that of others easier.

More than anything, this journey with Andrew has taught us to step FAR beyond our comfort zone in all areas…and then watch the blessings and miracles unfold! Having faith that positive things WILL happen, when we had absolutely no idea HOW, has been an incredible teacher as well.

We tried helping Andrew through the typical “western medicine” route where you go to the mainstream doctor and take the typical prescriptions, etc. That route is paid for by insurance. That route we have been raised with and understand. However, even though we were taking Andrew to the “top docs” in our area, Andrew was getting WORSE!

His gastrointestinal (GI) functioning was not at all normal and was our biggest concern and prayer. His GI system was so “broken”…even after YEARS of seeing the top pediatric GI doctors in the area…that Andrew had to be in diapers at age 4 and weighing nearly 50 lbs because it was impossible to potty train him. His tummy hurt ALL the time and we were heartbroken, frustrated and desperate for RELIEF for Andrew.

At the urging of some friends who had been in similar “desperate” places with their own family’s serious medical needs, we took Andrew to a M.D. who only practices homeopathic medicine. The doctor is a reported “pioneer” in the field and that office visit was unlike any I had ever attended. It was not weird or scary…just different. To start with, he LISTENED A LOT…and for a long time. His methods were different and I still don’t understand all of the testing he does completely, but I have seen first hand that what he is doing provides positive results. He is the doctor who diagnosed Andrew with cerebral palsy (FINALLY! A real diagnosis at the age of 4!) and he is the doctor we still see very regularly today.

The homeopathic M.D. sent us directly to another NON-mainstream doctor. This one is a craniopath — a chiropractor with many years of additional training in how to do cranial sacral work. We see him every week. Andrew used to “toe walk” and within 8 visits to the craniopath, Andrew was walking flat footed for the 1st time in his life and continues to do so today!! FINALLY…RELIEF…and progress!

All of this was a HUGE step out of our comfort zone. To add to that, these treatments are considered “alternative” by the insurance industry and therefore not covered…at all! We live on the very modest salary of an Arizona school teacher (teachers are paid very low in our state) of Andrew’s father. I, Andrew’s mother, a mental health therapist/social worker for children and families by trade, had to leave the workforce to meet Andrew’s needs and demanding schedule of medical and therapy appointments. As you can imagine, I sat in the doctor’s office that 1st visit weeping at the shock of the diagnosis….and even more so at the fear of the underlying questions of, “How are we going to pay for this? How are we going to help our son?”

Andrew’s GI issues improved through the care of these two doctors, but not to the degree necessary. Therefore, the doctors recommended that Andrew get adult (NOT fetal) stem cell and hyperbaric oxygen treatments. I was told by the doctors that, “The best stem cell doctor in the country is in California and you need to take Andrew to him.” I was also told that these treatments would cost many thousands of dollars and again, insurance won’t pay for this. Again, I was left weeping (on the inside this time) and thinking, “How are we going to pay for this? How are we going to help our son?”

ENTER FAITH, God’s plan in all of this and MANY amazing people and blessings along the way!

Update ~ Aug. 2015:

Fast forward several years…my husband is still a teacher in Arizona. He works 3 teaching jobs (1 F/T and 2 P/T) to pay our bills and toward Andrew’s medical treatments (so that I can “stay home” and meet Andrew’s needs and demanding schedule). Our bills for Andrew’s medical care are still extensive…and EXPENSIVE. We now pay an average of $900 per MONTH out of pocket for Andrew’s day-to-day medical care and many thousands of dollars for a once a year trip to California for many weeks for the adult stem cell and hyperbaric oxygen treatments. Unfortunately, ongoing fundraising efforts are necessary for Andrew to continue to improve.

After the 1st adult stem cell treatment, Andrew’s GI system was FIXED! That was our biggest prayer! After the 2nd one, his left arm started working naturally. The 3rd and 4th treatments gave Andrew increased physical strength, better coordination and improvements in his speech. The 4th treatment also helped Andrew’s left (affected side) foot to become much straighter, which helped him not to fall nearly as much. We are excited to see what the 5th summer of treatments that he just finished will do for Andrew! Andrew has had both umbilical cord stem cells (from healthy, full term babies) and bone marrow stem cell transplants from his own hip. Both of these methods have produced progress for Andrew. All of these improvements have significantly improved Andrew’s quality of life!

Andrew is now 8 1/2 and he is THRIVING! Andrew continues to see a Homeopathic M.D. and Craniopath frequently. He has a doctor, therapy or physical improvement appointment 4 to 5 times a week…sometimes more. Thanks to generous scholarships, Andrew participates in gymnastics and wrestling classes each week (with some extra assistance when needed in wrestling from “Volunteer Assistant Coach Daddy”). Oh…and those “special shoes” … well, they are GONE now! :) Andrew no longer needs to wear his AFO (leg brace) on his leg during the day due to all the improvements! He only wears braces at night to stretch his muscles.

We praise God for all the healing and have deep gratitude for each and every person who has come alongside us the last 5 years with prayers and financial donations to provide Andrew with these treatments! When you see Andrew running, climbing, riding a bike WITHOUT training wheels and much more…please know that YOU have a very critical role in that happening!

We are blessed that a local charity called the Cerebral Palsy Hope Foundation has extended their offer to accept donations specifically for Andrew’s medical treatments at this time (and into the foreseeable future). That means that there is a TAX DEDUCTIBLE way for any person, family or business to donate for Andrew’s medical care! Donors get a tax write off — Andrew gets further HEALING of his brain and body! A Win-Win for sure! Please see the “How To Help” tab for ways to help Andrew heal…in a tax deductible manner! Businesses who donate will get printed recognition in several visible places as well!
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anonymous
Thank you so much for sharing our son's story! For anyone interested in helping Andrew HEAL even further, a TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation can be made for his medical treatments this summer. We need to raise $15,000 more by June to make it happen. Here is the link for more info. Your prayers and help are so appreciated! ~ Kellie https://prayforandrew.wordpress.com/how-to-help/
+18 votes
Mar 3, 2016
RosePetersen 350 points
Go Andrew!! Wishing nothing but the best for you!!
+14 votes
Mar 3, 2016
Peggy Guyer 1,270 points
I am blessed to be one of Andrew's prayer warriors for the past 4 years.  I have seen amazing progress just in that time.  I am voting for him
+13 votes
Mar 3, 2016
anonymous
My Grandson Andrew is a true fighter.  If you see it in your heart please up vote him.
+13 votes
Mar 3, 2016
sandhya 350 points
Andrew's mother and father are working very hard to get the treatments for Andrew. I would do anything to help this little boy get his medical treatments. Praying for you!
+13 votes
Mar 3, 2016
Bluestbutterflyy 590 points
Little Andrew has captured my heart! He is such a brave boy and always smiling! His mother and father are beyond exemplary.. I have never seen such love and devotion . Andrew has beaten all the odds ,he is a true fighter and my superhero!!
+12 votes
Mar 3, 2016
kimbannon 650 points
I don't personally know this family, but we live in the same community.  I am pulling for you!
+12 votes
Mar 3, 2016
modgirl57 350 points
SUPER ANDREW, I am always cheering for you, You are truely my hero
+12 votes
Mar 4, 2016
faithgal220 350 points
GO SUPER ANDREW!!! You are my hero, buddy!!!
+11 votes
Mar 3, 2016
Andrew Kellie Burkha 1,320 points
Thank you all! We very sincerely appreciate your votes and your kind words of support for our son, Andrew! Being on Ellen to spread the word about HOPE and HEALING for cerebral palsy and other brain related disorders would be an answered prayer! Please keep praying -- voting -- sharing! Thank you! ~ Kellie https://prayforandrew.wordpress.com/how-to-help/
+10 votes
Mar 3, 2016
anonymous
Praying for Andrew.
+10 votes
Mar 3, 2016
cathyblackburn 350 points
I am a prayer warrior for Andrew, I vote for him
+10 votes
Mar 4, 2016
preschool_az 600 points
Super Andrew is such a deserving young man.  His parents work so hard to help him become a normal child, and they help other families who are going through difficult times.  The entire family is very loving and caring.  Please consider helping them.
+10 votes
Mar 4, 2016
Peggy Guyer 1,270 points
Andrew is a true child of God!!  His parents go to every length they can to get treatments to make his life better.  Praying they get on your show!!  You will LOVE him and his family
+9 votes
Mar 4, 2016
JohnandDonna Ward 620 points
You go Super Andrew!!
+9 votes
Mar 4, 2016
bcp13 1,170 points
Voting for this very brave boy, Andrew.  The story of his ongoing treatments for healing and great  quality of life is very inspiring.
+9 votes
Mar 4, 2016
dryan 330 points
One of the bravest little boys I have ever met.  So proud of you Super Andrew.
+9 votes
Mar 4, 2016
concon 1,210 points
Voting for Andrew is the least I can do.   He is such an inspiration to all.  He is a super hero that never gives up.
+9 votes
Mar 4, 2016
Rsistersix 310 points
Prayers for your sweet boy!
+8 votes
Mar 3, 2016
Alliej07 290 points
Come on Andrew!! So proud of you and the brave guy you are!! Praying for you!!
+7 votes
Mar 3, 2016
Vmiller7 290 points
Andrew is my inspiration!!!  Such an amazing young man!!!!
+7 votes
Mar 4, 2016
Mhourihan 290 points
Go Super Andrew!
+7 votes
Mar 4, 2016
mrague67 1,120 points
Andrew's mother and father are working very hard to get the treatments Andrew needs. His father is an amazing teacher and my son was fortunate to have him for 2 years. Please help Andrew if you can. This little boy has over come many challenges and his father is ALWAYS helping students so I am hoping that his kindness can be reciprocated by Andrew, his only son getting the help he needs.
+7 votes
Mar 4, 2016
trinxaz 360 points
Andrew is the sweetest little boy. He never gives up.  He is such an amazing kid. I've watched him grow up and face his challenges head on. He even competed and completed a Spartan race.  He never gives up.  A real super hero.  I love this little boy so much.  His parents are the reason he has advanced and achieved so many of his goals. They are selfless in their love and support of Andrew!
+7 votes
Mar 4, 2016
kimbannon 650 points
I don't know Andrew's mom personally, but I admire her perseverance so much!!!
+7 votes
Mar 4, 2016
Lori Britt 290 points
This kid is phenomenal! The healing he's received has been nothing short of a miracle. His parents are THE hardest working people I've ever met. There is nothing they wouldn't do for their precious little boy. It has been overwhelming and inspiring to see this mom and dad seek out every option available to improve their child's health since he was born. They are not just advocates for their son, though. They bring awareness to many many other children and special needs any way they can. The Burkhart family deserves a national platform to help spread awareness and increase their influence. This would be a golden opportunity that we would all be most grateful for!
+7 votes
Mar 8, 2016
concon 1,210 points
Although the medical health insurance companies do NOT cover expenses of non traditional medical procedures,  that does NOT stop Andrews parents from seeking the treatments that actually help their son. These treatments are daily, weekly and yearly.  They are out of pocket and costly. They all work tirelessly as a team to accomplish these treatments, that work.  I believe everyone deserves the opportunity for the best medical treatment for their individual health needs.  Please vote for Andrew and share his story.
+7 votes
Mar 8, 2016
Michelle Verrico 280 points
I voted
+6 votes
Mar 5, 2016
psaabart1 270 points
Andrew is an amazing little boy! He inspires me everyday
+6 votes
Mar 5, 2016
Shirley Nelson Landi 260 points
Andrew is darling, funny, amazing...he would be a GREAT guest...beautiful mom too!! What a wonderful story or courage and stamina and success!!! Have him as a guest!! You won't be sorry!!!!
+6 votes
Mar 5, 2016
anonymous
Love this boy and this family. I want nothing more than for him to heal MORE! ❤️❤️❤️
+6 votes
Mar 5, 2016
Elizabeth Garcia 270 points
Praying for Andrew! Praying this family gets all the help and support that is available.
+6 votes
Mar 5, 2016
anonymous
What a wonderful and deserving family. Blessed to know them.
+6 votes
Mar 6, 2016
600 270 points
Met Andrew today at a park this morning.  Andrew has lots of energy, let us all spread the word so that he can be on the show.
+6 votes
Mar 6, 2016
Beth Adoor 290 points
Super Andrew is such a wonderful boy, he is so caring and giving.  His family works so hard to provide him with these life changing treatments, but they are still always willing to help others. I can't think of a family that is more deserving.
+6 votes
Mar 6, 2016
Katherine Yarberry 440 points
I have had the wonderful pleasure of knowing this great family for a few years now.  Andrew is such an amazing young man with a very huge heart.  He loves Jesus and he loves his family very much.  His parents are on a mission to help him with his daily challenges.  They want what every parent wants for their son.  This family deserves so much for all they do for their son and others.
+6 votes
Mar 6, 2016
concon 1,210 points
Love helping this super hero reach his goals. Meeting Ellen will be just one more.
+6 votes
Mar 6, 2016
bcp13 1,170 points
Super Andrew is working very hard every day in his therapy. Prayers work and I'm including prayers for him to meet Ellen. Reaching goals are extremely therapeutic and this is a huge opportunity.
+6 votes
Mar 6, 2016
Todd Milhoan 470 points
This kid is such a rockstar! It's been amazing to see his progress!
+6 votes
Mar 7, 2016
Jennifer McClintock 410 points
I for sure haven't voted in 24 hours and when I clicked on the green arrow tonight, the # went down! I clicked again and it returned to the same # as before, but would not increase. Just wanted to see if this is an issue anyone else is having...I want my votes to count for this sweet boy!!
+6 votes
Mar 7, 2016
Stacy Milhoan 1,080 points
Yes, several of us are having the same problem.  At least, make sure that you get the number back to where it was when you started and not have it go down any more!!
sroder54 1,580 points
The same thing has happened to me two  days in a row.  I am able to "vote up" on all comments I haven't previously voted up.  If anyone knows what I'm doing incorrectly, other than being old, please let me know.
Peggy Guyer 1,270 points
I have seen such amazing progress with Andrew in the past 4 years.  His Mommy and Daddy do EVERYTHING they can to help him lead a better more "normal" life!! Andrew works very hard on his PT and ST and endures many hours of riding in a car to get his monthly treatments at home.  Mommy shares her info with many other parents. I know that Ellen would LOVE interviewing Andrew!!
+6 votes
Mar 8, 2016
anonymous
This is a very deserving young man to have his story told.  He has come so far in his short life to overcome the affects of Cerebral Palsy.  His treatments are so expensive, but so necessary for him to continue to progress.  The technique used in his fight for progress needs much more exposure for its success. The treatments are not covered by insurance, and yet they are so necessary.  PLEASE vote for this young man for this method of treatment to become more well known so that it can be covered by insurance.
+6 votes
Mar 8, 2016
Kathryn D. Brown 270 points
You are a superhero Andrew!  Never give up!
+6 votes
Mar 8, 2016
anonymous
Andrew is a great, super-bright kid who works really hard to improve his physical condition. He is blessed with parents who tirelessly pursue every means possible to help Andrew on his way to overcoming his condition. This family truly deserves every bit of help and support that can be made available to them.
+5 votes
Mar 3, 2016
Beth Nudi 250 points
Andrew and I have become friends over the years as we work together on gaining strength and balance to improve all daily functional gross motor skills. Andrew is an awesome person who loves people! His parents are amazing just as much as Andrew and they are always putting Andrew's needs first over their own. Love Them and blessed to know them!
+5 votes
Mar 4, 2016
Teresa Ann Smith 320 points
I've been praying for this family for a few years. I have passed their successful alternate treatment story on to many others who are now either looking in to it or using this treatment also. They deserve the help. What they are doing is working, it's alternative, it's ground breaking, it's wonderful.
+5 votes
Mar 4, 2016
Kavitha Bala 250 points
I wish Andrew all the best..let's all cheer this little super star
+5 votes
Mar 4, 2016
Emfleagle 320 points
I have found Andrew's story because my daughter that is 1 and half has cerebral palsey.  She has so much determination and it crushes my momma heart to see her try try again and fail. Andrew's journey is such a breath of 'fresh air'...i want Andrew's  story to get out! I want to pursue some of these options for our Whitney! Andrew's parents work so hard to give him the best shot of quality of life! And Andrew...oh he's so inspirational!! ...He gives life all he's worth...and a lot more goes into that than we know!!! He's a fighter!  He's an overcomer!!
+5 votes
Mar 4, 2016
Jennifer McClintock 410 points
Andrew is an amazing little boy who has overcome sooo much in his short lifetime thus far! He will continue to grow in every way possible, and much of it is because of the hard (and truly never-ending!) work that his mom and dad commit to him on a daily basis. He IS their life...please vote for Super Andrew!!!
+5 votes
Mar 5, 2016
rfleming 250 points
Andrew is a brave little boy at my school. So proud of his hard work.
+5 votes
Mar 5, 2016
concon 1,210 points
This will truly be a blessing for so many reasons. Not only meeting Ellen but also meeting some financial goals for this little guys continued treatment for healing.
+5 votes
Mar 5, 2016
bcp13 1,170 points
Continuing prayers for healing this special super hero.  Andrew works very hard and this would be such a special reward to meet Ellen and share his journey.
+5 votes
Mar 5, 2016
JohnandDonna Ward 620 points
"Hey! I was part of putting Andrew on the Ellen Show! I voted and spread the word!" :)
+5 votes
Mar 5, 2016
Rowbear1 250 points
Great family! They deserve all the help they can get.
+5 votes
Mar 5, 2016
Gail McCullom 250 points
I voted for Andrew!
+5 votes
Mar 6, 2016
Anitha
Andrew is an amazing son with an amazing heart. He totally deserves this! Yay Burkharts! :)
+5 votes
Mar 7, 2016
bcp13 1,170 points
Rooting for Super Andrew.  Lets do this!!!   Every vote counts toward another victory with  continued healing.
+5 votes
Mar 7, 2016
concon 1,210 points
Continued daily votes and comments for Andrew will help encourage him.  Every vote counts.
+5 votes
Mar 7, 2016
purann8 500 points
This is a wonderful child.  Seeing him improve after his summer treatments are very encouraging.
+5 votes
Mar 8, 2016
Katherine Yarberry 440 points
Andrew and his family are an amazing family.  They love each other and love God.  They are faithful and want the best for each other.  I love that they have this opportunity to help Andrew in a big way.
+5 votes
Mar 8, 2016
abuzila 250 points
Andrew is one of the smartest and most dedicated little boys ever! of course, it helps when he has two wonderful and incredibly dedicated parents himself. This family would go through whatever necessary to provide for Andrew without question. Truly a blessed family that deserves this opportunity.
+5 votes
Mar 8, 2016
bcp13 1,170 points
The continued medical treatments, that are helping this sweet boy Andrew, are very costly to Andrews family. These expenses are NOT covered by medical health insurance companies. This exposure for Andrew to meet with Ellen could prove positive in so many ways. I'm voting for Andrew.
+5 votes
Mar 8, 2016
VinnieAz 430 points
Prayers for Andrew and his family!
+5 votes
Mar 8, 2016
totgarcia10 250 points
Go Andrew!
+5 votes
Mar 9, 2016
purann8 500 points
Super Andrew is an awesome child who is so brave and works so hard to keep getting better and better in every way. -rahski-
+5 votes
Mar 9, 2016
bcp13 1,170 points
I am so inspired by Andrew and his love of life.  Nothing gets him down. He's a real trooper enduring hours, days, weeks, months and years of continued treatment, that work.  He never gives up.
+5 votes
Mar 9, 2016
concon 1,210 points
To meet with Ellen and share his story would hopefully educate and help so many others with the physical needs and financial difficulties that go hand in hand. Something way too may of us can't understand. I'm praying for Andrew to make it to the Ellen Show.
+5 votes
Mar 9, 2016
kimbannon 650 points
Prayers for this boy and his family!!
+5 votes
Mar 9, 2016
Peggy Guyer 1,270 points
Andrew is a true inspiration to many people!!  He keeps working hard and with the help of his Mommy and Daddy is getting many different kinds of alternative treatments.  His progress is truly amazing!!  It is a shame that the insurance companies do not pay for alternative treatments!!  Praying that Andrew gets on your show, you will just love him to pieces.
+5 votes
Mar 10, 2016
JohnandDonna Ward 620 points
That is our little fighter.  You go Andrew!!
+5 votes
Mar 10, 2016
sroder54 1,580 points
Andrew really impressed me last Sunday in our Hospitality Room at church.  He stopped by with his parents to get a snack and noticed we were beginning to clean up.  He pitched in and helped clear dishes and trays without being asked, and he had the most satisfied smile on his face.  He is a precious little boy who is kind and helpful and always puts his all into whatever he does.
+4 votes
Mar 9, 2016
mrague67 1,120 points
Praying for Andrew and his family.
+4 votes
Mar 10, 2016
anonymous
What an amazing family! Everyone should meet them and be inspired by their faith!
+4 votes
Mar 11, 2016
Peggy Guyer 1,270 points
Anyone that has seen the change in Andrew in the past 3 years, like i have, can tell you what a difference these alternative treatments are making in his life.  It is a crime that insurance companies do NOT pay for alternative treatments when they can improve the lives of children!!!  These precious children will have a better life and will require less medical care as they grow older. Ellen you would LOVE having Andrew on your show!!  He is a bright young man and so loving and caring.
+4 votes
Mar 12, 2016
Talia 230 points
Yeah, you go Andrew. Hope to see you on Ellen Nation.
+4 votes
Mar 12, 2016
Case 230 points
I am so inspired by the passion and commitment for alternative healing. You are my new Super Hero Andrew.
+4 votes
Mar 12, 2016
purann8 500 points
It would be nice if the time was put next to your vote so you know when you can vote again.  I know I didn't vote yesterday and it still won't let me vote today.  Very frustrating when I want to help this young warrior Super Andrew.
+4 votes
Mar 12, 2016
Andrew Kellie Burkha 1,320 points
Turns out you can only vote once -- otherwise it takes your vote AWAY. Bummer! Watch the # when you vote and if it  takes your vote away, wait a few moments and vote again and it will  go back to baseline (but not increase). That said, you can SHARE and COMMENT EVERY DAY! Thank you so much for your support for our son! <3
Peggy Guyer 1,270 points
I wish i could vote every day for precious Andrew!!!  He is so brave and faces his many medical appointments with so much enthusiasm!!! Between God, Mommy, Daddy and Andrew, his life is getting better every day.  Daddy works 3 teaching jobs to pay for monthly treatments.  Mommy takes Andrew to Dr appointments, PT and all of his other activities that are helping him grow stronger.  Mommy helps guide many people on FB to get the care for their children that had CP, she makes everyone more aware of the treatments available for these precious children.  Andrew has the most precious smile and in case you haven't noticed. he usually has pretty ladies around him  lol.  You would LOVE talking to him.  Please bring him on your show and help him get the necessary funds for his summer treatment.
+4 votes
Mar 13, 2016
anonymous
I am pulling for this kid!!
+4 votes
Mar 13, 2016
Cindy
Way to go Andrew! Thanks for sharing your story. Continued healing!
+4 votes
Mar 14, 2016
bcp13 1,170 points
Still pullin for this lil guy.  It will mean so much for him to have the opportunity to share his life with others.
+4 votes
Mar 14, 2016
concon 1,210 points
I pray hard you will consider Andrew for the appearance on your show.  He works very hard at his continued therapy and treatments needed to fight off Cerebral Palsy. He never quits. Always moves forward with Gods plan for his life. Inspiring others a long the way.  His parents work tirelessly to provide what insurance DOES NOT COVER.  It's really a shame that the very treatments that WORK, are not covered.  Maybe, just maybe some national exposure will help Andrew and so many other special people.
+4 votes
Mar 14, 2016
sroder54 1,580 points
Andrew is an amazing young man.  His parents deserve so much credit for all they do to help him.  I see him at church, and he is all boy, but very well behaved, he listens to his parents and he puts 100% effort into all he does.  I follow his progress on Facebook through his mom's posts.  It is unbelievable to see how much they have to go through just to pay for his treatments.  I have their family on my prayer list.
+3 votes
Mar 4, 2016
sroder54 1,580 points
Praying for you Andrew.  It is so neat to see how God is working in your life.
+3 votes
Mar 10, 2016
anonymous
YAY Andrew!!!! You go! Such a beautiful child with such wonderful, caring parents that do so much good for our community. Let's APPREICATE this teacher with 3 jobs and an amazing mom who is all about making the world a better place for us all! Leave palsy in the dust, Burkharts!!!! <3
+3 votes
Mar 12, 2016
sroder54 1,580 points
Andrew and his parents are an inspiration to all who know them and even to those who have not met them, but have read their story.  It would be great to see them on the Ellen show.
+3 votes
Mar 13, 2016
sroder54 1,580 points
Thinking of you and your family.  Praying you'll feel better for your therapy this week.
+3 votes
Mar 14, 2016
Stacy Milhoan 1,080 points
Just look at that smile!!!!  How could you say "NO" to visiting with a young man with a smile like that!!  Super Andrew is a wonderful young man.  His parents work so very hard to help him become stronger and stronger and to win the battle with CP.  This is such a loving and caring family that has won my heart and will win yours too!!  Please consider helping them with this journey of theirs.
+3 votes
Mar 18, 2016
sroder54 1,580 points
So grateful Andrew was able to have the special therapy this week.  It's wonderful to see him smile through all the tasks he is given.
+1 vote
Mar 18, 2016
sroder54 1,580 points
I'm looking forward to the Benefit Concert tonight at Hamilton High School.  I hope the producers and folks at the Ellen Show realize how many people are involved in helping raise funds needed for Andrew's treatments.  I would love to see his family helped and blessed through being on your show.
+1 vote
Mar 30, 2016