A man with a condition that causes skin cancer, a history of depression and an anxiety disorder has been diagnosed with melanoma, a form of skin cancer.
The man, who asked to be identified by his first name, Andrew, is one of a number of people who have been diagnosed as having melanoma in recent years.
Andrew is one in a long line of people diagnosed with the melanoma gene, which is transmitted to skin cells through the skin.
Andrew has spent his life in Miami, which has an extremely high rate of melanoma.
Andrew’s skin cancer diagnosis is being reported on as a ‘major event’ in Miami’s local media, which was the first major story to surface.
Andrew and his family live in the Miami suburb of Miami Gardens, about 40 miles north of Miami.
The family has been struggling financially and are not able to pay for medical bills, which Andrew has been forced to use to keep his home clean.
Andrew says he started to feel better about his skin cancer in the summer of 2018, but the cancer returned.
‘It really made me feel like I was losing control of my life and it just kept getting worse, I just couldn’t handle it,’ Andrew said.
‘I’d start having panic attacks, I’d be in my house, I wouldn’t sleep, I couldn’t even take the stairs.
I just just couldn.’
I thought I was getting better, but then I started to think, this is what it’s like to live with cancer, what can I do to get my life back on track?’
Andrew’s family is now using a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for his medical bills.
He said the cancer was so aggressive and invasive that his doctors had to amputate his right hand and have to remove his left leg.
‘My skin was like a ball of ash.
I had a lot of skin to peel, I had to take a lot off my body to get rid of it,’ he said.
The campaign, called ‘Pray for Andrew’, has received over $300,000 in donations, with an additional $25,000 going towards medical bills and a further $15,000 to cover his living expenses.
‘When the doctors were amputating my hand and legs I thought, “You know what?
I don’t want this.”‘
But now I have to wear them, I can’t go out without them.
I can barely walk down the street without someone stopping me.’
They’re making me do these awful, terrible things I just can’t do, and it’s really devastating.
‘What can I say?
I’m just grateful to have it go away.
It’s a miracle.’
Andrew’s story has also become a cause celebre for people who support the campaign, with the hashtag #PrayForAndrew trending on Twitter.
Andrew told ABC News that he has a very strong sense of community and is a very passionate supporter of the Miami-Dade Sheriff’s Office.
‘As a matter of fact, my mom and I started going to church every Sunday, and we’re not just a church, we’re a community.
‘We have a community, a group of people, and that’s why I get excited when people go to church.
‘There are people who really are passionate about it and it makes me so happy, it makes my heart happy, because we are all connected.
‘That’s why we all live together, it’s not like it’s just us.’
‘PRAY FOR A NEW DAY’ Miami-based artist and campaigner David Zaslavsky, who was diagnosed with skin cancer himself in 2012, is also donating his paintings to the campaign.
He says that he is inspired by the story of Andrew, but that it’s also important to be realistic about the effects of the disease.
‘The truth is that if you’re not able for some reason to have a normal life, it is not a normal disease,’ he told ABC.
‘But it is an incurable disease that can kill you.’
The ‘PRAISE AND THANKS’ campaign, which aims to raise $10 million for Andrew, aims to give the man some measure of comfort and support in his journey.
‘For us, it really is a blessing that he can live again,’ Zasavsky said.
He also thanked the campaign’s other supporters, including celebrity chef John Yealy, who donated a meal to help Andrew eat.
The ‘DRAG OUT OF DANGER’ campaign also aims to help raise awareness of melanomas, which are often misdiagnosed, and also to educate people about the importance of eating healthy.
‘This is an opportunity to show that cancer is not as scary as you think it is, it can be treated and cured, and if you can manage your cancer, you can live a healthy life