DOING GOOD: Teen Who Survives Cancer Strikes a Chord With His Wish


A Rogers teen is granted the wish of a lifetime after battling cancer.

A musician at heart, Andrew Laney hasn’t had the typical teen years.

“We did a year and a half of waiting and watching but then we decided to do Chemo because it came back,” Andrew Laney said.

Laney was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma a few years ago. 

During treatments, he qualified to be a Make-A-Wish recipient.

“I was thinking about all the hobbies I do and they told me about everything and said take your time,” Andrew Laney said. 

But while in the hospital – time is precious.

“They just made it a priority to make sure Andrew’s wish didn’t just go on forever and forever so he was able to get that done in a timely fashion, which was neat to see that extra attention and care,” Andrew’s father, Jeremy Laney said. 

Laney has a love for guitars – Martin Guitars to be specific. 

Make-A-Wish flew the Laney’s out to the Martin Guitar factory in Pennsylvania. 

“They took me into the custom shop doors and I will never forget it said Martin custom shop and I never thought in a million years I would walk into a door that said that,” Andrew Laney said. 

Wide-eyed and star-struck, the teen began to customize the “Andrew Laney” edition. 

“It had a mahogney neck with East Indian Rosewood back inside with Bear Crawl Spruce at the top,” Andrew Laney said. 

And it plays like a charm. 

Laney hopes to be a worship leader and believes this instrument will help him achieve the dream. 

The sixteen-year-old has more in common with his guitar than he thinks.  

“Guitars get better with age,” Andrew Laney said. 

Laney is in remission for the next five years and then he expects to be cancer free, holding onto his treasure that will last a lifetime. 

“The fact that I can use this wish, not just temporary and not just for a moment in time, but for the rest of my life,” Andrew Laney said. 

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