The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation
The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation was born out of tragedy. After 14 year old, Andrew McDonough, passed away from complications due to Leukemia, the McDonough family founded the organization in Andrew's memory. Ever since, B+ has worked tirelessly to advocate for and support children living with cancer.
The B+ foundation is a leading 501(c)3 certified nonprofit organization that aims to assist and provide aid to pediatric cancer patients and their families. The foundation provides support in three ways:
1) B+ funds childhood cancer research in search for cures and advancements in chemotherapy.
2) B+ provides financial support to families of children with cancer in order to help relieve the burden of costly medical and day-to-day expenses. Additionally, they provide emotional support for these children and families through their B+ Hero Program.
3) The B+ Foundation promotes the “Be Positive” attitude by spreading the B+ message and helping others "Live Like Andrew." To "Live Like Andrew" means to set goals and try your best, show affection, and be comfortable with yourself.
For more information visit: www.bepositive.org
Andrew was a 14-year-old who played 4 soccer games on Saturday, January 27, 2007, and went into cardiac arrest just 48 hours later. His parents brought him to the hospital on Monday, January 29, thinking he had appendicitis, only to find out that he had Leukemia. Andrew went into major septic shock and had to be resuscitated that night. He spent 167 days in A.I. DuPont Hospital in Wilmington, DE, most of that time in the Intensive Care Unit as "the sickest child the hospital has ever treated." He bravely battled Leukemia. He experienced multiple hemorrhages, four strokes, and a brain aneurysm that forced him to be airlifted to Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia for emergency brain surgery. On Saturday, July 14th, 2007, Andrew was released from pain.
Over the 167 days of his hospital stay, word spread across the country and around the world about this handsome athlete and scholar fighting for his life with a very positive attitude -- a B+ attitude. Tens of thousands of B+/Pray for Andrew t-shirts were being worn up and down the mid-Atlantic. B+ bumper stickers appeared on cars. Checking Andrew's CaringBridge website the first thing in the morning and the last thing at night became a ritual for thousands and thousands of "friends."How was Andrew doing? How's the family? What's the latest news? Everyone wondered. Everyone cared about Andrew.
In just 14 short years, Andrew changed the world in so many positive ways. Andrew's life and the way he lived it -- with a B+ attitude -- have made an impact on hundreds of thousands of people. Teenage boys are telling their friends and their parents that they love them. Teens are asking their parents for more family time. Kids are asking "What would Andrew do?" in tough situations. Sports teams are chanting "Play like Andrew." People are openly talking about their faith. Because they're emulating Andrew.
His family started The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation to continue to spread the B+ message: "It's not a grade. It's an attitude.", to provide financial assistance and childhood cancer research grants. Andrew's Dad speaks at schools, to sports teams, and at company meetings.The McDonoughs have developed B+ cards to encourage acts of kindness to honor Andrew. Everything from chores to opening doors have been done to spread the B+ message. Kids, teens, and adults are asking for donations to The B+ Foundation in lieu of birthday and holiday gifts.
Every single day, Andrew's family receives emails, letters, phone calls about Andrew and The B+ Foundation, and requests for B+ t-shirts, wristbands, and B+ cards. People tell them that Andrew has changed their lives, and that they pray to Andrew. That's why Andrew's Mom recently told a reporter, "We're lucky. We get to talk about Andrew every day." But still, every day without Andrew is hard. Hearing from friends and "friends we haven't met yet" helps keep them going. That, and the goal to spread the B+ message nationally. Andrew would have wanted that.