Andrew John “AJ” Slye was a 2012 graduate of North Stafford High School. He was a young man with strong character, piercing blue eyes, and an infectious smile. Upon returning home from his first semester at Salisbury University, AJ was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a rare form of blood cell cancer. Over 14 months, multiple rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and a bone marrow transplant reduced AJ’s body from a strong, fit football player to a thin, battle-weary shell of a young man. But the cancer did not touch this warrior’s heart which steadily grew stronger. Through every setback he faced, his trust and faith in God became deeper, and his resolve became ever-increasing. His spirit and that infectious smile incredibly united and inspired an entire community. Unfortunately his fight ended on February 27, 2014 at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.