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By: Erin Nichols
SAN ANTONIO -- It was a birthday celebration one boy and his family will cherish forever.
6-year-old Andres “Andy” Pardo has terminal cancer and it was his last birthday wish to be famous for a day.
His friends at the May’s Family YMCA Young Texans Football League wanted to make that happen, so they called several different media outlets to help put him on TV.
“He’s an inspiration,” said Coach Freddie Loring. “We just wanted to make him smile.”
Andy was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, last April.He began chemotherapy, but after three months, doctors said it had spread to both of his lungs.
Soon after, his family was told Andy had a year to live.
“He knows he has cancer, but he doesn't know how bad it is," said his mom Tivisay Gonzalez. “When he sees me cry he tells me not to cry because he's going to be OK.”
Andy's mom says through it all, he doesn't let anything get him down.“He’s a tough kid,” said Loring. “When I go through a tough day it just seems really irrelevant.”
Even though he can no longer play, Andy serves as an “adopted” member of the football league. The team worked to raise about $2,000 to help his family through his treatment.
Andy’s actual birthday isn’t until June, but the team put on the celebration Friday. They had all of Andy’s favorite things, including pizza, superheroes, and a video game trailer.
"The only thing Andy's cancer brought us was meeting great people,” said Gonzalez. “They have helped out with everything: food, bills, anything Andy needs they provide.”
Andy is still undergoing chemotherapy treatment, but for now he's just enjoying being a kid.
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