Andrew Mercier was a happy, funny, and energetic 10-year-old from Maryland. His parents, Paul and Colleen, describe him as the ultimate class clown and all-around jokester.
He was a little boy who lived to make other people laugh. But just two days before his tenth birthday, Andrew was diagnosed with leukemia.
One day, Andrew’s doctors at Johns Hopkins gave him a very special gift — a farting stuffed animal named Dookie.
Dookie became the one constant thing that brought Andrew joy during his grueling treatments, and the toy perfectly matched his hilarious sense of humor.
He’d use Dookie to play pranks on his doctors and nurses. Even through his darkest and most trying moments, the little boy could always count on Dookie for a quick laugh.
In December 2019, Andrew passed away. He bravely fought cancer for eight months.
Paul and Colleen are now honoring their son’s spirit by giving these “gassy stuffed animals” like Dookie to other children fighting cancer.
The Merciers established a nonprofit called “Andrew’s Laughing Gas,” and so far this year they’ve already given the farting animals to 20 hospitals across the country — that’s at least 500 children laughing and smiling in Andrew’s honor.
Their mission statement? “Making warriors laugh one toot at a time.”
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