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Hi Friends. See this man with me in the picture? Well, his name is “Mr. Scott” and he is one of the owners of Aspire Kids Sports Center in Chandler, AZ. Mr. Scott and his wife, Ms. Dona, have invested in my life and my healing in a very significant way for the last SIX YEARS! They had no connection to our family prior to this…yet continue to support my health and development year after year! Wow! Talk about a business giving back to the community!

For all of these years, Aspire has provided me with an extremely generous scholarship to be able to take classes to further my physical coordination and strength. I have been taking gymnastics classes all of these years in both the “Tumble Bugs” program in the little gym and the level 1 boys gymnastics class in the big gym. It has been a wonderful opportunity to help me physically…and to also help me feel part of a “team” with my peers. I have decided to switch to swimming lessons for now and I am excited to learn new skills.

Since all of my medical treatments are very expensive and ongoing out of pocket costs for my family — on a single income — we can not afford opportunities like this on our own. The owners of Aspire have made it all possible for me…and do so out of the kindness of their hearts. We are deeply grateful for this continued gift of further investment in my overall health and wellness!

Aspire has classes for children of all ages in gymnastics, swimming, dance and martial arts. Some of their classes are for adults as well. You can read more about what they have to offer at their website here: http://aspirekidsports.com/ 

Thank you Barclay family and Aspire Kids Sports Center for investing so richly in my life!

 Much Love and Appreciation,

~ Andrew and family

https://prayforandrew.wordpress.com/our-story/

 

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…. I am interrupting this broadcast to bring you BREAKING NEWS from the 12 News desk … ;)
 
The news is that I had an AWESOME EXPERIENCE today at the 12 News TV studios thanks to the wonderful folks at 12 News and Childsplay! My last hurrah as a Childsplay Kid Reporter for last season was to go on an extremely informative and detailed tour of the 12 News studios today! I LOVED IT!
We learned so much from our amazing tour guide! She knows all about everything they do there! We started in the green room (which is actually green!) and then it was off to the set! On the set we learned all about every aspect of how they film their shows. Did you know there are actually ROBOTS involved in that?! It’s true! Then, we got to go to the control room and I even sat in the producer’s seat! Then we went upstairs to where EVERYBODY works and got to see behind the scenes where the “magic” happens.
 
The highlight for me was meeting and talking with Mark Curtis. He is really funny and spent a lot of time talking with us!
 
I really liked sitting behind that news desk so who knows…maybe I will add “News Man” to my list of future careers! :)
 
Huge thanks to 12 News and Childsplay for making this experience happen! IT. WAS. AWESOME!
 
Love,
Andrew

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Hi Friends! Big day for me over here! Today I am a healthy “Finisher” / CONQUEROR once again! Today is the end of the important 6 week period after my last adult stem cell transplant. This marks the end of the significant restrictions on my diet and my activities. It officially marks the END of my “seclusion time”! Woooo hooooo!!!!

This is the 6th year I have spent my summer doing adult stem cells and other intensive treatments. This year I did daily treatments for 4 weeks – with one of those weeks being treatments twice a day. Once I started my adult stem cell treatments, I began seclusion for 6 weeks to keep me healthy and non-injured while the stem cells grafted where they needed to be to promote further healing in my brain and body.

This time is very important, as if were to get injured or even catch a cold, the stem cells would go to repair those issues instead of what we want — which is further healing of my brain and muscles. I praise God that for the 6th year in a row, I have NOT had an illness or an injury during this crucial time!

Please KEEP PRAYING for my healing. Pray that the stem cells HEAL me where needed! Pray for my energy and stamina to return soon, as I am still very tired (that is a good sign that the stem cells are working hard).

There is an “Andrew the Brave” celebration happening tonight at my house to celebrate the END of my restrictions and how VERY HARD I worked this summer at all of my treatments! And…CAKE is on the menu! :)

To all of you who donated to make this summer of treatments possible for me…including all of our wonderful Business Sponsors…THANK YOU for investing in me … investing in my healing … investing in my future! NONE of this would be possible without your financial support! We are eternally grateful!

 Thanks for your prayers and encouragement, Everyone!

Love,

Super Andrew … the FINISHER! :)

 

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Hi Friends! Well…that’s a WRAP on my summer treatments! Can I get a “Woo Hoo”?! ;)

I am still technically in seclusion for 1 more week, as the 6 weeks post stem cell date is one week from today. That said, I am going to start school with my class on Wednesday, which will be my first day of 4th grade.

While spending 4 weeks of the summer doing daily intensive medical treatments — and spending 6 weeks sequestered from the public — is NOT the most fun way for a little boy to spend his days…it has been so IMPORTANT in my quest for further healing in my brain and body from the effects of cerebral palsy.

THANK YOU to all of you who have prayed for, encouraged and supported me in different ways this summer. It has been a long and hard summer…but a successful one over all. Without the support and prayers of so many, I would not have been able to get through this all. We appreciate you!

A special THANK YOU to all of the people and businesses who donated the money for me to get these important treatments in CA and AZ this summer! We thank God for your role of being “angels on earth” to further my healing! We are deeply grateful for your investment in my life! (I am attaching the business sponsor picture below for all to see who my “hero squad” is once again!)

I am linking some info below regarding the medical treatments that I received this year. These same treatments can help others with cerebral palsy and many other brain related disorders. Please share this info with anyone who could be helped by it. This is my 6th summer in a row of doing most of these treatments…and I have VASTLY IMPROVED because of the treatments!

Here is our family blog where you can read much more info about my journey to wellness: https://prayforandrew.wordpress.com/our-story/

Here are links to read more about the treatments I received this summer:

Adult Stem Cell Treatments: http://personalized-regenerative-medicine.com/stem-cells-and-cerebral-palsy/

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: http://personalized-regenerative-medicine.com/treatments/hbot/

~ Periodic Acclerated Therapy: http://personalized-regenerative-medicine.com/periodic-acceleration/

Anat Baniel Method / NeuroMovement: http://www.anatbanielmethod.com/children/children-with-special-needs

Please continue to pray for my health and healing! Please read through the important Business Sponsor information below. Please REMEMBER these businesses when what they offer fit your needs as a thank you for all they have done for me! Thank you!

Love, Super Andrew

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The Business Sponsors for Andrew’s Healing are:

~ Precision Air and Heating ~ For all of your Air Conditioning & Heating needs: http://stage.precisionairandheating.com/

~ Anantuni Family Dental ~ For all of your family dental needs: http://mydentistchandler.com/

~ Arizona Painting Company ~ For all of your residential and commercial painting needs in the Phoenix and Tucson areas: http://arizonapaintingcompany.com/

~ Fractured Prune AZ ~ For the BEST doughnuts ever for your personal or catering needs with locations throughout AZ: http://fracturedprune.com/location/chandler-az/

~ Paul A Flores Farmers Insurance Agent ~ For all your personal and family insurance needs: https://www.farmersagent.com/pflores/

~ McCurdy Construction LLC ~ For all your construction and remodeling needs: http://mccurdyremodel.com/

~ Athletes In Training ~ Wonderful recreational sports programs for children: https://athletesintraining.com

~ Phoenix Marketing Associates ~ For all your Marketing and Public Relations Needs: http://www.phoenixmarketingassociates.com/

~ Plexus with Lori Britt ~ Health and wellness products for a better life: http://shopmyplexus.com/LSBritt/

~ Vertuccio Farms ~ Family fun on the farm! Birthday parties, field trips, U pick events and special events. Fun for the whole family! http://vertucciofarms.com/

~ Canfield Engineering & Integration, LLC ~ Electrical engineering and integration based solutions team

~ Insight Eyecare & Eyewear ~ For all your eyecare and eyewear needs

Thank you to ALL of these amazing Business Sponsors! We are deeply grateful for your investment in Andrew’s further healing! When you see Andrew continuing to improve, please know that YOU had a vital role in that!   

With Much Gratitude,

 the Burkhart Family

 

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Hi friends! This very special memory popped up in our “Memories” on Facebook today from 5 years ago today. This is a picture of a VERY IMPORTANT milestone in my life. This cake — this party — was to celebrate me finally being potty trained.

 

You see, I was going on five years old here (four and three quarters). This was just a few weeks after my first adult stem cell treatment. Before my first stem cell treatment, my gastrointestinal (GI) system was very broken. I had not had normal functioning…and therefore it was impossible to potty train me. I was 50 lbs, nearly 5 years old and still needing to wear diapers.

 

My body just didn’t do what it was supposed to. It was a pretty miserable part of my life at that time. You see, cerebral palsy is a brain disorder that affects the muscles. Proper muscle functioning is needed for proper functioning of your GI system.

 

My parents’ biggest prayer going into my first adult stem cell treatment was that my GI system would be fixed. Their prayers were answered! Praise God! Within a week of my first stem cell treatment…I was having normal GI functioning for the first time in my life! I was successfully potty trained within a month. This day…this party…was my celebration of that! This cake means more to my parents’ than any other…ever!

 

Now…I have just finished my 6th summer of adult stem cell treatments. ALL gains that I have had…I have kept! We have gone so many times because the closer to the injury date (birth, in my case), the better the chance of healing and progress.

 

You can read more about my journey and other significant gains from these adult stem cell and other “alternative” treatments here if interested: https://prayforandrew.wordpress.com/our-story/

 

None of these improvements would have happened if it weren’t for the Lord using so many of you in my life. Without your prayers and support, I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today. THANK YOU to all of you who donate toward my treatments and pray for my healing! These celebrations would not happen without your investment in my life! We are extremely grateful!

 

Love,

Andrew and family

 

 

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Peek-a-boo! I see you out there praying for me and cheering me on! Thank you!

I have excellent news to share with you…

I AM FINISHED with my intensive medical treatments in CA! After three weeks of daily treatments, I am finally DONE!

Can I get a WOO HOO ?!

I did AWESOME in my last trip in the Spaceship Chair today too! I am going to miss my friends at the clinic, but I am SO HAPPY to be DONE!

I will be relaxing in CA for a couple more days (because I can’t go in an airplane for a couple of days after going in the Spaceship Chair/ hyperbaric oxygen chamber) and then we finally get to go back home! I can’t wait to see my Daddy and my dog!

Thanks for all your prayers and encouragement during these difficult days! It means more to us than you know! ❤️

Love,
Super Andrew

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Hi Friends! Today is my last day of adult stem cell treatments for this summer to further heal my brain and body from the effects of cerebral palsy. It will also be the hardest day for me, as I will get stem cells both intra-nasally (through my nose) and via a subcutaneous shot in my belly. My parents are bummed that it is the last day of stem cells (as the more cells, the better the chance of further healing), but I don’t really understand that…so I am just glad that this part of my treatment is over.

Next week, God willing, I am back in the spaceship chair (hyperbaric oxygen chamber) every day. I am glad to have the weekend off from treatment to just have fun and relax with my parents.

This picture is of me and my adult stem cell doctor, Dr. Steenblock (Dr. Steenblock- Regenerative Medicine). This man has changed my life for the better in HUGE ways! When I met him, I was 4 1/2 years old. I was 50 pounds and still in diapers because of my broken GI system. I wore leg braces on both legs. My left arm (affected side) was held close to my body and did not move naturally when I walked. My speech was very hard for anyone other than my parents to understand.

Now…five years later…that has all changed. My GI system was FIXED very soon after the first adult stem cell treatment! I was out of diapers and having normal functioning for the first time in my life within a month! What a huge answered prayer! The 2nd year my left arm started moving naturally while I was in motion very soon after my treatment. Years 3, 4 and 5 of treatments brought about improvements in strength, coordination, speech and some additional positive physical changes. I no longer need to wear leg braces during the day (only stretching braces at night). Everyone can understand me when I talk now (even though there are still a couple of sounds that I can not make).

Many mainstream medical doctors told my parents that they needed to accept my situation and that there was nothing that could be done to actually bring healing to my brain. We are so grateful to have found Dr. Steenblock — who proved the nay sayers wrong!

We are praying for even more big HEALING this 6th summer of my adult stem cell and hyperbaric oxygen treatments. We thank God for all these improvements! We are extremely grateful for Dr. Steenblock’s very significant role in my healing as well!

Please continue to pray for me and my continued healing. Please pray for Dr. Steenblock as well. He is working so hard to help so many people … so many people that most doctors have given up on…just like me. Please pray for his strength and health…and that his significant impact in the medical community can continue in many ways.

Thank you!

Love,

Andrew

P.S. Anyone wanting additional info about my journey to wellness can go to: https://prayforandrew.wordpress.com/our-story/