2023 Survivor Grant Recipient: Andrew Kinder

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Andrew Kinder is a 20-year-old undergraduate student at Purdue University in Indiana. As a junior in high school, Andrew was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), and has been treated with daily chemotherapy pills, routine IV chemotherapy, and spinal taps since his diagnosis. If all goes as planned, after 28 months, treatments will be complete August 11, 2023. Andrew has done his best to live as “normal” a life as possible despite his intense treatments and just completed his first year of college. His story mirrors Eric’s in so many ways.

Due to intensive chemotherapy regimens over the last 2+ years, Andrew has developed some setbacks that are known to occur with ALL Leukemia patients and this summer he is undergoing testing to receive medicines/therapies to assist with these issues. He also developed joint problems from the steroids used during his treatments this past winter on campus and is undergoing MRI’s and treatment this summer. Andrew has been able to work, but between visits for treatments and therapies, the hours and type of work he can do are limited.

Andrew’s nurse at Riley Hospital for Children submitted a Survivor Grant application on his behalf, requesting a new Macbook so that he can more efficiently continue and finish his studies at Purdue. The older computer he used his freshman year is not the type recommended for his major, and he does not have the means necessary to purchase one. L.I.F.E. proudly answered the call, and sent him funds to purchase a new computer before the fall semester began.

Best of luck with everything, Andrew!!!