On August 10, 2013, Andie Jaeger’s life changed in an instant. Andie suffered a seizure while out with her husband and 2 of her 3 children. She was rushed to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, where she had remained for 18 days. During her first few days of care, Andie had 3 MRI’s, an EEG, a CAT scan, and lots of blood drawn. When the first of the MRI results came back, they revealed a mass nearly one inch in size on the left side of her brain, and a smaller mass on the right side of her brain. The doctors confirmed additional testing would be required, but suspected it was either an infectious disease or cancer—though Andie already knew in her heart what it was. After two spinal taps, two more MRI’s, and a biopsy, on August 23, 2013, the doctors confirmed the worst, and Andie was diagnosed with Glioblastoma. Gliobastoma is the most common and most aggressive malignant primary brain tumor in humans. Her treatment protocol is still being decided but will likely include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

Since the day she was admitted, Andie has had a positive attitude. Many nurses have commented to Andie and her family that they have never had a patient with an attitude as positive as hers. She has remained strong in the presence of her family and friends, and has been a wonderful hostess to the throngs of visitors that have amassed during her 18 day hospital stay.

Andie is a strong and beautiful young woman, inside and out. Her loyalty to her family and friends is fierce. She is raising three smart and well-rounded children, ages 2, 6 and 11, with her husband, local small business owner Kurt Jaeger, of Jaeger Metal in Indio. With the help of their families, friends, and local community, they will continue to support one another, and shower Andie with the ever-lasting love and devotion that is the core of their family structure. They are in awe and so thankful for the support, kindness, generosity and prayers they have received.

Several fundraising opportunities have been created by her friends and family to help ease the financial burden that comes along with this diagnosis. First, people can log on to http://www.gofundme.com/3zw6iw to donate money to the family. Second, businesses can get involved by donating prizes for several raffles that will be held at the various fundraising events by emailing teamandie2013@gmail.com. Third, the community can support this cause by attending the following events, which can all be found on www.thinkinghappythoughts.org


Where: Maracas Mexican Cantina & Grill- 72775 Dinah Shore Dr., Rancho Mirage
When: Wednesday Sept 11th from 5pm-close (happy hour menu not included)
Details: 20% of every purchase will be donated to Andie

JUMP FOR ANDIE at Kids Party Central
Where: 82740 Atlantic Ave, Indio – (760) 347-1500 www.kidspartycentral.com
When: Friday Sept 13th from 4-7pm
Details: Mention Andie and 100% of your $10 admission fee will be donated to Andie.
Raffle tickets and food will be available for purchase

Where: The Slice- 72775 Dinah Shore Dr., Rancho Mirage
When: Wednesday Sept 18th from 5pm-close (happy hour menu not included)
Details: 20% of every purchase will be donated to Andie

Where: Inspired Fitness 78078 Country Club Dr. Bermuda Dunes
When: Saturday Sept 28th from 10-11:30am
What: Zumba master class led by several local Zumba instructors
Details: $10 Admission, Limited to 35 people. Must buy tickets in advance by emailing stacibeth07@gmail.com. 100% of proceeds will be donated to Andie. $5 Raffle tickets available.

Where: The Classic Club – 75200 Classic Club Dr., Palm Desert
When: Sunday October 6th, 7:00 a.m. registration, 8:00 a.m. shotgun
What: Registration is $150 per player, or a foursome for $500.
Register online at www.thinkinghappythoughts.org
Details: Lunch will be provided