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The Standard: Andrew’s Wish Lives on This November

By Michael Tinley ‘18
The Brother Rice Advocacy Club have announced their “Fear The Beard” fundraiser for families dealing with pediatric cancer in the Chicago area. The money raised will be going to The Andrew Weishar Foundation, a group formed at Andrew’s request during his last few months of life his life.
Andrew was a distinguished Brother Rice graduate who was diagnosed with colon cancer at 19 years old. Because of Andrew’s appreciation for the support he received during his battle with the illness, he wanted to be sure that the spirit of giving he experienced was passed on to other families in the same harrowing situation.
Today, Andrew’s legacy lives on at Brother Rice, inspiring this November’s school fundraiser.
Junior Tom Gallagher shared his driving reason for getting involved in Fear The Beard: “I’m participating in Fear The Beard because of the meaning behind it. When you see a family struggling with pediatric cancer, oftentimes there is nothing you can do directly about it, but this fundraiser gives us an opportunity to really do something for those who need it most.”
Mr. Dolan, Brother Rice’s Advocacy Club moderator, also added: “With the Mr. Augustyn-inspired t-shirt offered by participating and not having to shave for a whole month, it’s a fun incentive to join a great cause while getting many involved across the greater Brother Rice community.”
In continuing Andrew’s wish and legacy this holiday season, the Brother Rice Advocacy Club encourages students, staff, family, and friends to participate by sponsoring a Crusader to reach the $50 goal. All proceeds will be going to the Andrew Weishar Foundation with the focus of alleviating the struggles Chicago families who have children with pediatric cancer face throughout the holidays.

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