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András' Army is a network of family and friends supporting András Ponti in his battle against testicular cancer!

Just before Thanksgiving 2011, András Ponti, a strong and healthy 20 year old young man, visited his family doctor with severe abdominal pain. Within days, András and his family were thrust onto a roller coaster ride, with one scary prognosis after another, ultimately leading them to the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center where they learned of his aggressive and advanced testicular cancer, already in his liver, lungs, and abdomen. The oncologist said this cancer had been brewing for quite a while.

Sometime within the year or so before receiving this prognosis, András visited his doctor with pain in his groin, only to be sent home to take OTC pain meds. The doctor assumed it was a pulled muscle from the hurdles András had been running on his track team. If only the doctor had recognized the signs and recommended further evaluation with testicular cancer being so prevalent among teen and adult males, and so curable if caught early!

We wish that were the story here. Instead, András, now 21, has faced a grueling series of aggressive chemo treatments to slow and shrink the cancer enough for surgical removal. Throughout the many months of chemo, András has remained a full time resident student as a junior at John Carroll University, forging ahead in his studies in the medical field. András' positive spirt and can-do attitude have served him well throughout this ordeal as he does whatever it takes to keep his life moving forward and beat his disease. Most recently, he underwent major surgery throughout his body to remove lesions from the abdomen, testes and liver. The lesions in his lungs were not removed during this surgery. In less than two weeks following this incredibly invasive surgery, and within days of being released from the hospital, András was back to John Carroll, forging ahead with his spring semester studies.

As a full-time student, András is, of course, on his parents' medical insurance. András older sister is also a college student, and his younger sister is graduating this spring and headed to John Carroll to study alongside her brother. The Ponti family has always made their own way, and András' dad, Peter, is a busy and talented remodeling and building contractor. Current economic conditions have affected Peter's business and things have become challenging. Add to this, lost work time over these past six months as Peter and family supported and accompanied András on his many chemotherapy and medical appointments. Soon, all three of the siblings will be in college. Topping off these many challenges, medical bills have already been adding up astronomically and will continue coming. András' battle rages on with a long and winding road ahead to be sure he beats this cancer and keeps it at bay.

The family awaits word on the next steps from the oncologist and surgeon, and hope to meet with a well known pioneer in the treatment of testicular cancer and the doctor who treated Lance Armstrong in this same battle with great results! András and his parents are considering alternative treatments to increase the chances of eradicating the cancer from András body. Sadly, any alternative treatments will not be covered by insurance.

This fundraiser has been created to help András Ponti in the fight of his life, and, to hopefully raise awareness about testicular cancer. This fundraiser ends on August 31, 2012. Please consider a donation to support András' Army as we join together to help András win this war!! Any amount, a lot or even a little, will help and be so appreciated!
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