On January 4, 2011, Andee Poulos, an eighth-grader at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School fell victim to a circulatory malformation in her brain, an extremely rare condition called Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM). As typical with AVMs, Andee never showed symptoms for this disorder, and the AVM went undetected until it caused internal bleeding, emergency surgery and an initial 39 days in the neurointensive care unit at Emory University Hospital. Andee is now in her 2nd year of recovery as her journey continues with intensive rehabilitation and extended stays at specialty hospitals as far as Houston, Texas, and Boston, MA.
Andee continues to amaze her many friends and loved ones with her strength, and is a source of hope to all who know her. Known as a passionate softball player and avid Georgia Bulldog fan, she is often excelled as a student and year-round swimmer. With that same steadfast resolve that Andee has shown through her recovery, a wide circle of friends and family formed Andee’s Army Foundation, a 501 © 3 non-profit organization to continue her legacy. Funds raised by Andee’s Army provides financial assistance to other families who are on the same journey of recovery as Andee.