In May of 2012, Andrew, at the age of 48, was diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer, relatively young in comparison to the average patient age of 63. With no obvious symptoms, he was fortunate to have started PSA testing at the age of 40, thanks to his proactive family doctor. Following a PSA test of 4, he was quickly sent to the Prostate Cancer Centre (PCC) for a speedy follow up. A biopsy ensued, and he was quickly diagnosed with treatable cancer.
Andrew was determined not to become one of the eight men who will die of Prostate cancer each week in Alberta; he researched treatment options, and was proactive in tackling the disease. He chose to have a robotic prostatectomy performed by Dr. Donald Metcalfe. A successful outcome ensued. Andrew received world-class treatment at the urological unit at the Rockyview Hospital. The follow-on care and education at the PCC helped with his speedy recovery. Now, cancer free, he is an advocate for early detection, as well promoting the importance of fitness and nutrition to help fight the disease.
Knowing how invaluable the care at the PCC is, he became a volunteer active in driving the Man Van. In September 2013, he was added to the Board of Directors of the Prostate Cancer Centre.
Prior to diagnosis, Andrew spent 25 years in the capital markets. Since leaving the investment industry, Andrew has focused his time to becoming the consummate volunteer, and giving back to his community.
A strong supporter of Canada’s military, Andrew was an Honorary Colonel for 1 Air Maintenance Squadron at 4 Wing in Cold Lake, Alberta for 6 years ending in 2014.
He is a Senior Shareholder of the Calgary Stampede, volunteering for the Chuckwagon Committee. He is on the board of Hope Air, a national non-profit organization focused on providing underprivileged families in rural communities access to air travel for non-emergency medical treatments.
Andrew is happily married to Carolyne, and they reside in Canmore, but can be found traveling the world in search of new adventures.