This is 28 year-old Andy Giesige. For years, he was the manager of Friendly’s, the local grocery store in Celina, Ohio. Everybody in town knows Andy. His friends describe him as, “A light, an instant friend to everyone he comes across”.
Andy has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), an inherited collagen disorder that weakens strength, skin structure, bone, blood vessels, and internal organs. Andy lost his brother to EDS a couple years ago and now he’s been hospitalized with the worst of it.
The small town of Celina has rallied around Andy in ways only small towns can. All the local businesses have posted signs to support Andy. Every house has turned on their porch lights, which remain illuminated day and night, until Andy comes home.
Last evening, Andy received some alarming news from the doctors, he was told his time was running short. Loosing blood and facing his own mortality, Andy’s reaction wasn’t what you might expect. He called his best friends and told them to get a bottle of Patron, Jack, and his green KCCO, then come have a party at his hospital bed….
Andy asked that Mac replace the shot glasses with cats per hospital protocol.
As we push into the weekend, be thankful for what you have and say some prayers for Andy. The porch lights here at theCHIVE offices will remain on until you return home. All the positive vibes we have are coming your way, Mac is even smiling today.
I’ve spoken to your friends over the past couple days, I’ve never heard a group speak so highly of somebody. Keep up the good fight, you’ve got a lot of love to get home to, Andy.