Andrea Grace Lucas was born April 25, 1995 and for 17 years, everyone she came in contact with felt her gift of courage, strength and love. Her heart was huge and her spirit reached far and wide.
But to know who Andrea was, let her tell you in her own words.
The excerpt below is part of an essay that she wrote on her college applications:
“In kindergarten, I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, which clogs my lungs and pancreas making it difficult to breathe and leaving me susceptible to lung infections. There is no cure. I require a lot of help and although I try to recognize everyone who offers it to me, there seems no way to ever give them what they've given me. As a result, I like to center my life around things that can help me give back to other people in need.
I also surround myself by people who share the same goal. My friends and I spend our time doing things, as a group that make positive changes in the world.
My friends come to support every CYSTIC FIBROSIS related event I attend and together, we also participate in an organization called Best Buddies. We have become a family.
My buddy of two years is Stephanie. She is 20 years old, she always has her blonde hair pulled back, and she loves to smile. Making the buddies smile holds so much significance to my friends and me. Knowing that I'm changing their lives, even if it’s not a lot, means a lot to me. This is my way of saying thank you.
In my eyes, the definition of a grateful person is one who tries to find good when all that others might see is bad. I hope this definition reflects myself. While I sit in hospital rooms for days at a time, I feel grateful that I'm always told I will get to go home. Others around me are less fortunate. I am more than blessed to have my doctors, nurses, friends, and family who go far out of their way just for me. I owe my life and every following day to them. When people go out of their way to help me, I feel so fortunate and lucky. I can only hope that when I help others, they feel the same way about me. That is my goal.”
- ANDREA LUCAS
Andrea always cared about helping others. Even when she was in pain, she had the courage to always be positive, thankful and strong in her times of adversity with Cystic Fibrosis.
Her personal story will be a driving force in fighting this disease and her “Angels” will help complete her goal, so that no more dreams go unfulfilled.