Finding the silver lining in the battle against cancer
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — In the spring of 2021, Andrea Hill received the diagnosis no one wants to hear.
“I had double pneumonia. I became septic, found out I had leukaemia, started chemo, all within five days,” Andrea said.
She remained in a coma for three weeks.
“They didn’t know if I was going to come out of the coma or if I was going to be okay when I got out,” she said.
But in January this year, Andrea finished her chemotherapy and is cancer free.
She said her family could not have made it through without the support of the community and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, or LLS.
That’s why she now devotes herself to fundraising for cancer patients and research.
“People have helped me in so many ways I can’t even tell you, so I knew I was in the hospital that I had to give back when I came back from the other side,” Andrea said. .
She even turns her Light The Night team, Red’s Warriors, into a non-profit organization.
“If you had told me: ‘You are going to create an association in 2022’, I [would’ve] said, ‘Yes, you are crazy. I don’t have time for that,” she said. “The universe has shown me that I have time and I have time to give back.”
Andrea is hosting a Brews For A Cure fundraiser at the Dionysus Brewery on Saturday.
To date, she has raised $35,000, but her goal is $50,000.
Brewery owner Kyle Pittser said he was more than happy to help.
“I was touched by cancer in my family and [the] The fight was pretty brutal, so when she reached out to us about having an event here, I was ready to do it and ready to do whatever we could to help her,” Kyle said.
Tickets are $25 with proceeds going to LLS
There will be music, food trucks, raffles and a special drink.
“We made a beer called Red Warrior’s Blonde Ale and the proceeds from those sales will go to Red’s Warriors,” Kyle said.
This month of January marks a year of remission for Andrea.
She said that despite her battles with the disease, she is grateful for how it has strengthened her family’s relationships, introduced her to lifelong friends and involved her in the community more than ever.
“It made me stop and smell the roses, I guess, you know, and see silver linings. I don’t let the little things bother me as much as I used to, so yeah, no, it did. That changed me for the better,” Andrea said.
The Brews For A Cure event will take place on Saturday, November 5 from noon to 9 p.m. at the Dionysus Brewery (6201 Schirra Ct STE 13, Bakersfield, CA 93313).
To further support the cause, you can follow Red’s Warriors on social media or donate to LLS