Andrew Suarez is a player on the Robstown Football Team, but after being struck by tragedy at age 12, football was far less important.
Suarez was diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma when he was 12.
“The first thing you immediately think of is death,” Suarez said.
His mother, Celia, was left stunned and began to blame herself.
“Where did I go wrong that he got this,” she said.
Andrew suffered with the disease for three years and after all of the chemotherapy sessions and times when doctors told him he may not be able to walk again, Andrew was cured. Now, as a senior in high school, he realizes the dreams he once had as a child to play in the NFL, are not as realistic.
He does not mind, he told me that he has a new calling.
“I want to be a pediatric oncologist,” Andrew said. “I want to help out other children with cancer like me.”
Not only does Andrew want to be a help to kids in the future, he has done that already. By spreading the word and raising money in his community, Andrew raised nearly $1,000 for cancer research.
He donated all of this money to Driscoll Children’s Hospital.