A letter from the Mustari Family:
Drew was diagnosed with ALL Leukemia in May of 2015 with the just one month left of his Junior Year at Cherry Creek High School.
It has been a very hard road with 19 hospitalizations, numerous trips through the emergency dept and clinic visits for transfusions and more chemo than could be measured. In January of 2016 he was diagnosed with Veno Occlusive Disease which can be fatal but with luck on Drew's side Children's Hospital was one of five hospitals in the US with a trial drug that saved his life.
Through all of this Drew has stayed strong. He never complained even at his sickest. He made so many friends among the staff at Children's and was the Pied Piper to the kids on the floor. He played games with them, raced chairs, water fights and just sat with them when they needed it. He visits with all the nurses when he is at clinic. They have been known to argue about who his favorites are....
Drew will continue to visit the clinic for chemo every 28 days but if all goes well Drew he will complete the chemo protocol in September of 2018.
In May of this year, Drew graduated from High School even though he never attended classes. He had amazing teachers that tutored him after their school day, teachers from Cherry Creek Schools Home/Hospital, teachers at school that made sure he completed his classes from home, teachers at Children's Hospital and his Counselor that all worked hard to help him complete school on time.
Graduation day was so amazing with the support of all his friends, the students at Creek and all the staff cheering him on!
He has taken some time off of school to get stronger but is planning on starting college in January, 2017.
A struggle for Drew was missing his senior year of basketball. The players and coaches have been a huge support system for Drew this past year. His friends were always by his side. They visited the hospital and our home. If he wasn't feeling well enough to go to his friends they came to him.
Our family has been so fortunate to have such a wonderful support system through this past year and a half of treatment. We live in an amazing, caring community.
We appreciate everything that all have you have done for us and for Drew. We pray that you will have good health and happiness for all your years and if that you are ever in need that we can help.
With all our love,
The Mustari Family
Andrea, Craig (Mouse), Sara and Drew