We lost our daughter Andie to an accidental drug overdose on June 26, 2020. She battled with mental illness for most of her adult life, and being a Type 1 Diabetic further complicated her treatments and medications. Andie was always a bit of a free spirit, living life on her own terms. Her kind and quirky nature drew people to her. She could brighten the darkest moments and always knew how to make boring situations fun.
We wish she were still here, that's the simple truth. Our faith tells us that when a mitzvot, or charitable act, is performed in memory of a person who has died, it is equivalent to that person performing the good deed themselves. Andie would want us to find meaning and purpose to remember her by, the way she always did for others.
Some good friends of Andie's were talking about possible names for a foundation in her memory. They kept thinking of a dandelion..."it suits her-something lighthearted, that you wish upon. It makes people smile, pops up everywhere, changes depending on the season, and makes you reminiscent of youth. This wonderful idea made us smile. Her beautiful, radiant smile is the first thing people remember about Andie. That's how we came up with the name of dANDIElion Wishes.
As we process and continue to gather information we will keep you informed of the specific organizations we support. Andie's lovely smile and her vibrant personality will always be remembered, but her struggle with mental illness was very much a part of who she was as well. We hope that we can make a difference in the lives of others fighting this disease as Andie herself always tried to do.
Thank you for your love and support,
Sandy & Neal Goldford
MEET THE TEAM
PRESIDENT MAMA: Sandy Goldford
VICE PRESIDENT MASTER MASK MAKER: Jana Swanger
TREASURER FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE: Lynn Werner
SECRETARY ENTERTAINMENT: Christy Ehrenreich
COMMUNICATIONS YOUTH REPRESENTATIVE: Bethany Laskowitz