Andy Dunn had a milestone birthday last week. On June 9, he became a teenager.
“Andy’s birthday was such a big thing for us because when he was diagnosed we always heard he will never live to his 13th birthday,” said his mother, Dot Dunn. “So this is just amazing for us. It’s taken a lot of hope and a lot of prayers, but he’s here and he’s healthy.”
When asked about his health, Andy said he doesn’t have any physical limitations and enjoys a regular life. “I feel great,” he said.
Andy is a rising eighth-grader at WCMS who enjoys playing on the tennis team, playing saxophone in the band, and participating in the Beta and Vex clubs. He’s already been active this summer with a trip to Washington, D.C. and Virginia Beach.
Andy’s recovery has been nothing short of miraculous. He was diagnosed with neuroblastoma stage 4 in 2008 when he was just 4 ½ years old. The stage 4 diagnosis means the cancer had spread to several parts of his body.
During Andy’s battle for life, the Dunns saw many families in their same situation. Sadly, many of those children did not survive.
“He’s not supposed to be here,” said Dot. “They told us again and again he wouldn’t be here. He’s gotten clean reports since February 2010. They don’t call it cancer free. They say it’s no evidence of disease.”
To commemorate the milestone birthday, Dot had a special quilt made for Andy from all the Make A Wish T-shirts he accumulated over the years. The T-shirts were transformed into a quilt at BJ’s Custom Quilting and included shirts from MTSU, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, and the Disney ride Tower of Terror.