Cancer survivor to be honored at Aberdeen-North Thurston girls game

Aberdeen High School senior Andrew Blumberg, who survived brain cancer some 10 years ago, will be honored at Saturday’s Aberdeen-North Thurston girls basketball game at Sam Benn Gym.

The Bobcat varsity team will be wearing gray swea tbands and wrist bands in honor of Blumberg during the contest. A presentation is also planned.

Blumberg was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, an aggressive form of childhood brain cancer, in June, 2004. The tumor was successfully removed that month and he underwent two months of full cranial and spinal radiation as well as 48 weeks of aggressive chemotherapy but has recovered and is scheduled to graduate from AHS almost exactly 10 years to the day following the diagnosis.

“Drew chose childhood brain cancer as the platform for his senior project, raising awareness and gaining recognition of the deadliest form of childhood cancer that nearly took his life,” his sister, Ryanne Blumberg, wrote in an email. “The word needs to be spread…We ask the community to come show their support, not only for Andrew but for the Aberdeen girls basketball team.”

Bobcat coach Aaron Roiko was Blumberg’s sixth-grade teacher at Cosmopolis Elementary School. Aberdeen starters Emily Fisher and Kiana Dixon were among his classmates.


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