In today’s episode, Joe McDonough and I have a deep and moving conversation about his son Andrew, who at 14 years old lost his battle with cancer in 2007. Since that time Joe has devoted his life to keeping Andrew’s spirit alive through their B+ foundation.
In Joe’s own words: The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation honors the memory of Andrew, a 14-year-old athlete and ‘A’ student from Wilmington, Delaware. January 27, 2007, Andrew helped lead his team to victory in a Pennsylvania state championship soccer tournament. Within 48 hours, he was in cardiac arrest. The diagnosis was AML Leukemia. The prognosis was grim. In fact, doctors didn’t expect Andrew to live through the night. Amazingly, Andrew fought for 167 days before going to Heaven on July 14, 2007.
In our conversation today, Joe shares many touching memories of his son Andrew Joe also talks about the process he has gone through grieving the loss of his son and the mission of their B+ foundation. Which is the largest provider of financial assistance to families of kids with cancer in the US, helping nearly 3,000 families this year.
I first learned of Joe’s story as I did my research for my last episode with Cal Fussman. Joe was on Cal’s podcast and that is where I first heard his story. I was so moved by his story I reached out to Joe immediately after to invite him on my podcast.
My podcast has always been a passion project of mine. Although there are many expenses that I pay out of pocket to keep this podcast going. I’ve never asked for money from my listeners, and never intend to.
Even though I do not have a patron page, I am putting a request out there to everyone listening. If my podcast has helped you in any way or if you have found value in it, I would love to ask you this very special favor. After listening to my episode with Joe, it would mean the world to me to have you head on over to his website at https://www.bepositive.org/ways-to-give and make a donation to support the foundation.
If you are on Twitter, please look them up at @bepositivefdn and let them know you heard Joe’s story on my podcast and donated to their cause. As well, please share this episode with anyone who you feel with benefit from listening to it. The more people we can get listening to this episode, the more possibilities of donations going their way.
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