FFA_D’s mission is to keep Andy’s legacy alive by encouraging the creation of art, music and skateboard culture through the sponsorship of scholarships, grants, and day camps for talented youth with financial need. Friends for A_Dog Foundation hopes to further the recipients’ knowledge and expertise in these areas, while keeping Andy’s generosity and passions alive in the community he loved so much. FFA_D also continues to campaign for the critical need for bone marrow donorship. By hosting bone marrow drives and raising funds specifically for worthy organizations such as Mixed Marrow, we hope to educate others on the specific challenges that patients of mixed ethnicity face. FFA_D annually hosts A_Dog Day on the last Saturday in August in Burlington, Vt, to celebrate Andy’s birthday and disseminate his mantra of absolute kindness, profound appreciation for life, creativity in the visual and performing arts, and skateboarding.
DJ/Turntabalist Andy “A_Dog” Williams was the epitome of generosity, positivity and curiosity. His passion and innovativeness in music, skateboarding, and art earned him recognition as a musical talent and cultural icon. After Andy was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in December 2012, his only possible cure was a bone marrow transplant. Because of Andy’s mixed ethnicity, he faced the seemingly impossible challenge of finding a bone marrow donor, with his odds of a match being 1 in 20 million. After Andy’s diagnosis, his beloved community rose to the occasion by creating the group “Friends for A_Dog”. This group helped support him through benefits and bone marrow drives during his journey. With Andy’s passing in December 2013 from complications post-transplant, Friends for A_Dog (FFA_D) transitioned to become a non-profit to help carry on his legacy.