Most of you have heard me speak of Andy Ecker, a terrific 28 year old young man who we lost last summer. He was the eldest son of our dear friend, Susan Rubin. Andrew’s family would like to honor Andy and help other families faced with the challenges of pediatric cancer. Andy's strength courage and beautiful smile set an example for so many and his compassion for young children faced with cancer was constant even during his own struggles.
To honor Andy, and raise money for pediatric cancer, Andy’s family has organized the Race for A.C.E (Andy C. Ecker) – a spin bike charity event which will support the Making Headway Foundation. I will be riding and hope that you will consider riding with me too and/or contributing to the event. Just click on this Race for A.C.E hyperlink to sign up or donate. I look forward to seeing you there, and thanks.
Here are some thoughts from his mom:
It is hard to describe Andy’s life, as each stage there seem to be changes. The common thread throughout Andy’s life is that he was willing to help others, always smiling and loved playing games, riddles and numbers. He loved mental challenges. In May of 2012 he hit the most devastating challenge . . . Pediatric Brain Cancer.
He seemed to be on top of the world, at the job of his dreams that was so interesting. He loved working for Macquarie Capital and said he would work there for the rest of his life. Sadly that was true, and on July 24th 2015, Andy left this world. What we all witnessed from Andy during this time was his intense courage and compassion. He never complained, he played and helped children in the hospital even when he wasn’t feeling well. He kept his sense of humor to comfort all around him. He cherished every moment with his friends and family. What he learned was that he was deeply loved by so many people. His inspirational fight has changed us all for the better. We know that the most important thing to share is love.