Weishfest turns heads again, and continues Andrews wishes and keeps paying it forward.
Andrew Weishar was many things to many people. Considered to be the “nicest kid I have ever known” by those privileged to meet him, with his faith installed at St. Damian Grammar School, a three sport athlete and all honor student at Brother Rice High School. His determination to further his academics and football career at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois. Andrews values, kindness, and character became known around not just on the football field but the entire campus. with the world laid out before him, at 19 it came to a complete stop, Andrew was diagnosed with a colorectal cancer. He started intense rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, a few short months later he was admitted to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for a life saving surgery. Andrew battled for three more years and passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 12th 2012.
Andrew’s story dose not end there,
During his battle he asked family and friend to do very little for him, he reminded them to never take for granted each and every blessing they have in their lives. The one request he asked his younger brother Dan to “pay forward” the acts of kindness and generosity he received.
The Andrew Weishar Foundation came to light in 2013, created to honor Andrew’s request of paying it forward, specifically by: providing acts of kindness and generosity; easing the financial burden; and providing a temporary escape.
December 1st AWF held it annual Weishfest at 115 Bourbon Street, hosted 5 musical acts and a variety DJs on two stages. Multiple ticket levels accommodated any fans musical taste. Music ranged form local favorites Sean and Charlie, Suburban Cowboys and Trippin Billies to National headliner Third Eye Blind! The night was filled with great music, food and drinks. Special guest Ryan Chiaverini from Windy City Live took to the stage with The Suburban Cowboys
To date the 100% volunteer origination has helped over 90 families burdened by cancer; granting out over $500,000 in financial assistance.