Monday, June 13, 2011

Remembering Another Family's Son Lost to a Sudden and Unclear Death

Andrew Helgeson

Today we remember another family who lost a son suddenly.

Andrew Helgeson

Andrew died at home on the night of May 25, 2005, at age 18, one week before his high school graduation. Andrew was a star lacrosse goalie, 1st Team All-County, a scholar with a full academic scholarship, a newspaper staffer and yearbook editor. He was the recipient of many academic and athletic awards.

At 6’4”, 230 lbs., he was the picture of health, with no symptoms.
Andrew had no health problems and the cause of the arrhythmia is still unknown. Andrew was a lacrosse star at Blair in Maryland and was named Most Valuable Player, Outstanding Senior and 1st Team All-Montgomery County goalie. He was awarded Blair’s All-Around Scholar-Athlete Award for 2005. He was recruited by many college programs and chose to continue his lacrosse career at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he was awarded a full academic scholarship. Andrew was also the Yearbook Sports Editor and worked on the award-winning Silver Chips newspaper. He performed in school theater productions and independent dance productions. He was a mentor to younger teammates, tutored students in math and physics and served as a soccer referee for 3rd graders. Andrew amassed over 360 hours of community service in his time at Blair. Above all of the activities that he participated in outside of the classroom, Andrew loved working as a camp counselor for six and seven year-olds.

This is a poen written by Andrew Helgeson

"I am" by Andrew
12  January  2004

I am a curious, cautious guy.
I wonder what life will bring.
I hear the sunrise.
I see tomorrow’s destiny.
I am a curious, cautious guy.
I pretend not to care.
I feel fear about what is yet to come.
I touch my crystal ball.
I worry about what I may miss.
I am a curious, cautious guy.
I understand actions have consequences.
I say I will make is fine later.
I dream that I will be successful.
I try to make the wrongs right.
I hope I will end up content.
I am a curious, cautious guy.

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