Andrew Fierstein Memorial Award
Andrew was a smart, kind, generous, and funny boy who accomplished many things! From a young age, Andrew had an undeniable charisma, a keen intellect and a genuine interest in others. He was a celebrity in his community and would converse with everyone from the lunch lady, the hall aide, the man behind the counter, to the chemo nurse. He asked about their lives and genuinely cared about their answers. Andrew inspired others through his story, his smile and his passion to help others.
Andrew battled Ewing’s Sarcoma for more years than he didn’t. He spent his sixth birthday at Sloan Kettering exploring the playroom attached to an IV pole with chemotherapy. He had countless rounds of chemo and radiation, multiple surgeries, participated in several clinical trials, and even went to Germany for immunotherapy. He perfected the drive-thru brain surgery-in and out in 36 hours, then back to school and friends and his real life.
Andrew was the North Shore High School salutatorian, earned four gold medals in math research and presented his paper on the Fibonacci sequence in Unilateral Quadratic equations at MIT. Andrew was admitted to Hofstra’s prestigious B.S.-B.A./M.D. program because he wanted to study medicine and help others. Andrew inspired others to support cancer survivors and cancer research through the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in which he was so passionate. He was the top fundraiser in the tri-state area for several years and helped raise over $125,000.
We honor Andrew’s accomplishments, his philanthropic spirit and the extraordinary life he led through the Andrew Fierstein Memorial Award.
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The Annual Award is presented to a pediatric resident enrolled in an accredited New York pediatric training program.