06/10/1982 — 08/04/2009
Andy was 24 years old when he was diagnosed with Stage IV melanoma. Tumors were found in his liver, lungs, spleen, and pancreas. Throughout the next 2 years and 3 months, Andy’s battle with melanoma took him through seven therapy regimens, including six clinical trials and two major surgeries. He even pioneered one of the clinical trials, as he was the first person to undergo the experimental treatment.
Andy was an amazing young man who gave his all and remained positive during the fight for his life against melanoma. He faced all of his trials with the utmost grace, courage, humor, and positive attitude. He drew his strength from the immense love and support from his family, friends, and community, as well as his deep faith in God. Andy was committed to finding a cure for himself and others. Most of all, he never gave up.
In February of 2009, his cancer began to spread rapidly. On August 4, 2009, Andy passed away at the young age of 27. We miss him fiercely and will love him always.
Craig and Ginny Marsh, parents