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As most of you know, Andrew was in a tragic diving accident in Cabo San Lucas on July 3rd resulting in a C5, C6 spinal cord injury. He had recently graduated from East High School and was planning on attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in September. Instead, Andrew is now spending the summer battling his way back to health and independence at Craig Hospital in Denver. He is doing everything in his power to get stronger every day with his loving family, Tom, Clare, and Erik along with his girlfriend, Toni, by his side. We all know him as an intelligent, bright, positive, athletic, artistic, musical and kind young man who will make the most of his time in rehab at Craig.

Tom, Clare, Erik and Andrew are givers, not receivers. We know this because so many of us have spent multiple Thanksgivings or Christmas Eves’ at their home, even bringing along our mothers, mothers-in-law and that third cousin from Okoboji. Over the years, scores of boys from East HS made the daily lunch trek to the Ouellette home with Erik and Andrew to raid the cabinets and refrigerator at lunch — the larders were restocked every day! Yes, Andrew and his family are some of the most generous and loving people you will ever meet. Many of us are now looking for a way to help sweet Andrew so that he can soon return to his active lifestyle and to his family and community that miss his bright smile.


October 21, 2016

Sending positive thoughts on your road to recovery. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

Andrew, Will, Liza, and Grant Butterfield

September 14, 2016

Andrew, Tom, Clare and Erik -- We are thinking of all you are going through and wishing you strength, love, resilience, hope and humor. Your recovery is in our daily thoughts. Positive vibes from Chapel Hill -- and love to you and your family.

Lynn and Fred Lehmann

September 3, 2016

Keep up the amazing and inspiring work Andrew. We love you and believe in you - and in miracles. You've already showed us so many!! (PS. PICKLE BALL - you're going down!!)

Isabelle, Gracie and Amber

August 26, 2016

The effort you put in to your recovery is remarkable and your will is strong. Keep fighting Andrew. We are with you in spirit and celebrate every bit of progress that you make.

Debbie and John Dillon