I was at Danny on Douglas in Elgin, Illinois on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 to preform my comedy routine. Usually on Tuesday’s at Danny’s on Douglas is open mic night. But that night there was a campaign party for Elgin … Continue reading →
Tim Spencer, founder of Beyond RB, has been dabbling in comedy to raise awareness and funding for RB. Join us at Danny’s Pizza 231 Douglas Ave, Elgin, IL on Tuesday, April 7th @ 8:30 pm. Come for some delicious food … Continue reading →
Andrew had his 3 month check- up visit to Dr. Shapiro last week during spring break. Dr. Shapiro has successfully treated Andrew’s RB since he was one month old. Andrew just turned 8 years old in February and every birthday … Continue reading →
What a wonderful piece by “Inside The Bears” anchor/reporter Lyndsay Petruny!! The segment aired yesterday and will air again today twice (tonight locally on FOX/WFLD at 10:35). Thanks to everybody at the show and the entire Chicago Bears organization for … Continue reading →
Took some holiday time off from the website, but we’re back with a bang!! Andrew and Tim are the focus of a 7-minute profile story to air tomorrow on “Inside The Bears” on WPWR Channel 50 in Chicago. Thanks so … Continue reading →
Andrew Spencer in the recovery room after one of his dozens of surgeries to keep retinoblastoma at bay.
Andrew’s cancer is in remission because of early detection and multiple surgeries. The course to beating retinoblastoma is incredibly difficult for a child. Yet unlike the standard prognosis of a decade ago, it is not only possible to survive retinoblastoma today, but avoid blindness too. BeyondRB’s mission is to develop awareness of this deadly disease, help victims and their families, and fund research to develop an early-detection program.
This video was recorded during one of Andrew’s approximately 40 retinoblastoma surgical treatments.
The possibility that Tim and Heather’s child would inherit retinoblastoma from Tim became a reality with Andrew was born in February 2007. There was a short period of sadness. Then came the realization that because of their experience battling Tim’s cancer, they were the perfect parents to help Andrew fight this disease, giving him the best chance to lead a normal life. Today, Andrew has been cancer-free for over three years. The irony of course is that had it not been for Tim’s affliction, there would have been little chance Andrew would have undergone the early-detection procedure for retinoblastoma. One of BeyondRB’s goals is to fund research to develop an easy, affordable early-detection program.