Andrea first became aware of the DC Candlelighters in 2018, when her son Andriko was diagnosed with embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma. The DC Candlelighters supported her family by way of offering social diversions, emotional outreach, fellowship opportunities with other families and professional guidance. Andriko lost his battle six day before his sixteenth birthday. It was his legacy wish that the DC Candlelighters remain active and serve the pediatric oncology community. For this reason, Andrea chose to dedicate her time to the DC Candlelighters. She is the author of Blue-Celled Boy, a humorous young adult novel about her son’s cancer journey.