Favorite Young and Brave – November 21, 2014

Andrew Spencer in the recovery room.

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.

A video interview with founder Tim Spencer

Tim and Andrew SpencerThe 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.