Our Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide financial assistance to families of children and youth who are receiving medical treatment and care for brain injuries and other neurological injuries and conditions including, but not limited to spinal cord injuries and Multiple Sclerosis.
Expanding Our Reach and The Shepherd Center
In 2014, the mission of Andee’s Army was expanded to include all neurological injuries in order to help more families dealing with these long-term injuries and provide a greater impact in the community. Additionally, Andee’s Army has established a multi-year endowment fund that will be administered through Shepherd Center, a leading rehabilitation hospital, to support rehabilitative medical treatment and home care needs for adolescents for needs not typically covered by insurance or other compensation sources.
In 2011, 14-year-old Andee Poulos had just returned to school from holiday break when a severe headache turned out to be internal bleeding from an extremely rare acquired brain injury called a Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM). As typical with non-traumatic acquired brain injuries, the AVM went undetected until a ruptured caused sudden internal bleeding within the brain.
Although Andee was trapped in a body that couldn’t walk, talk, eat, or barely see, she began an inspiring journey of recovery with a determination and faith that amazed her many friends, loved ones, and people who did not know her at all.
With the same steadfast resolve as Andee, a wide circle of friends and family formed Andee’s Army Inc., a 501 c3 non profit organization, in 2011 to identify and help families of children with non-traumatic acquired brain injuries who are in most need of a safety net for transportation, lodging, day care, meals, and incidental expenses associated with long commutes and lengthy hospital stays.
By the end of 2014, Andee’s Army Inc. has extended our mission and reach from just a few children to over 55 families faced with the life-changing trials of a brain and spinal cord injuries and other neurological injuries and conditions.