More Info on ex-Chimaira Drummer Andols Herrick’s Illness


Last week we reported that a crowdfunding campaign had been launched for ex-Chimaira drummer Andols Herrick, who is suffering from a mystery illness that has caused him to undergo multiple surgeries and left him at times unable to function. No information about the illness was made available, which we suspected may’ve been because Andols didn’t want it to be.

And that’s most certainly the case, as we’ve learned from an update posted by Andols’ brother Tim (who is spearheading the crowdfunding effort):

“Thank you all. I’ve seen some people request a little more info so that they know what’s going on, but Andols requested that I not put anything in too specific. I will say this: His issue is abdominal. He has good days and bad days. On good days, he can move around a bit and perhaps run an errand. On bad days he can’t get out of bed or even bend over, much less eat very much. He has lost a ton of weight because of this and is a bit emaciated.

“Hopefully that gives you a little more clarity about what’s going on without violating his wishes. Thank you all again for your wonderful support of my brother.”

So… still not a whole lot of detail, but enough for any person with even moderate critical thinking skills to connect the dots.

Andols’ father also posted a message:

“Friends of Andols:

“I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the kind and encouraging comments you’ve posted for my son Andols (Andy!), and I thank son, Tim, for coordinating this effort. He’s with me and mom Alys, and we’re working with him to find healthcare providers who can identify exactly what is wrong and get it fixed. In the mean time, we take it day by day. Your generous contributions at any level fill us with gratitude for all you have done and will do. I, like many of you, would like to see Andols return to the kit where his God-given gifts are centered. Let’s get him well, and then we’ll see.

“Again, thank you so much for supporting Andols both financially and emotionally. “

You can and should donate to Andols here. At present, the fundraising effort sits at just over $7k with an eventual goal of $35k.

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