SAN DIEGO - Three weeks after his courageous decision to have his leg amputated, 13-year-old Andrew Seelhoff spoke with 10News. He is now sharing his story with dozens of children in hopes of helping and inspiring them.
Doctors diagnosed the eighth grader with a rare and painful vascular disease when he was just 7.
"When I had it, I was pretty much in a lot of pain all the time," he told 10News.
There was no cure and every six weeks, Andrew was traveling to Colorado for treatments. Now after the surgery, his pain is virtually almost gone.
His mother Mary said, "In the last three and a half weeks, he's just a completely different person. He has come out of his shell so much."
During a children's summer camp at the North Coast Calvary Chapel, Andrew answered lots of questions for children, who are at the camp raising money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
It is an organization Andrew credits with helping him decide to have his leg amputated. They are now in the process of helping him with a prosthetic leg.
"It's just really neat to know there are a lot of people out there for me and supporting me through this journey," Andrew said.
The North County teen is hoping his story may one day help someone else.