A Champion Remembered - Part 4 of 4
“The Mission”

8:00 AM (Sydney, Australia Time)
Vashti Whitfield, via her blog, Maybe McQueen:

“Maybe McQueen is a homage to my beautiful husband Andy, who died of cancer in September 2011, aged just 39.
Andy’s dream role would have been to play Steve McQueen. He was fascinated by the extraordinary, complicated and complex ‘film star’ and all that he was.
So my blog is inspired by Andy and the legacy he leaves all of us to be courageous, creative, curious and compassionate and to look for where adventure is possible in unexpected places. Whether it’s through becoming a father, not knowing how you will pay the rent, or being knocked back again and again and crawling your way back up, it is about making something happen when everyone tells you it’s not possible.”

And so to conclude this day of remembrance in honor of Mr. Andy Whitfield, there is only this left to be said:
What will you do?
What will you accomplish, with the only life you’ve got?
What will you leave behind for the people who knew and loved you to marvel at, long after you’re gone…
What will your legacy be?
You don’t have to be television star, you don’t even have to wind up famous - so this is not a question of “how many people will know my name?” There is a famous quote by poet Maya Angelou: “…people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did…but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Andy firmly believed in making the absolute best of the only life you’ve got, and he made the most of his time here, even to the absolute end.
And so the invitation is at hand, to anyone reading this…
Maybe McQueen…you only get one life…so what will you do with yours?
BHN. xx

A Champion Remembered - Partof 4

The Mission”

8:00 AM (Sydney, Australia Time)

Vashti Whitfield, via her blog, Maybe McQueen:

Maybe McQueen is a homage to my beautiful husband Andy, who died of cancer in September 2011, aged just 39.

Andy’s dream role would have been to play Steve McQueen. He was fascinated by the extraordinary, complicated and complex ‘film star’ and all that he was.

So my blog is inspired by Andy and the legacy he leaves all of us to be courageous, creative, curious and compassionate and to look for where adventure is possible in unexpected places. Whether it’s through becoming a father, not knowing how you will pay the rent, or being knocked back again and again and crawling your way back up, it is about making something happen when everyone tells you it’s not possible.”

And so to conclude this day of remembrance in honor of Mr. Andy Whitfield, there is only this left to be said:

What will you do?

What will you accomplish, with the only life you’ve got?

What will you leave behind for the people who knew and loved you to marvel at, long after you’re gone…

What will your legacy be?

You don’t have to be television star, you don’t even have to wind up famous - so this is not a question of “how many people will know my name?” There is a famous quote by poet Maya Angelou: “…people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did…but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Andy firmly believed in making the absolute best of the only life you’ve got, and he made the most of his time here, even to the absolute end.

And so the invitation is at hand, to anyone reading this…

Maybe McQueen…you only get one life…so what will you do with yours?

BHN. xx


A Champion Remembered - Part 3 of 4
“The Message”

8:00 A.M - 9/11/2012 (California Time)
”’Be Here Now’ is all about being present, and not fearing what you don’t know.”
- Andy Whitfield

When Andy was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2010, he naturally had every intention of fighting as hard as he could to overcome and beat it.
And he did.
Then came the second blow, when he and Vashti learned that the cancer had come back. Andy was well on his way to begin filming season two of ‘Spartacus’, but had to ultimately bow out of the role in order to focus on his health.
Rather than wallow in self-pity and anger, Andy decided that he wanted to share his struggle with the world, in the hopes that his story could make a difference to someone, somewhere. He allowed cameras into his private life, which followed him through the intense battle against his cancer. This footage was compiled by Oscar-nominated director Lilibet Foster into a feature-length documentary entitled “Be Here Now”, which is set to release sometime next year.
It will be the fullfilment of Andy’s dream, and a true and crystal-clear testament to who he was as a man and human being - tenacious and relentless in making some beauty grow out of even the most dire of situations.
Be Here Now is Andy’s legacy, one that will continue to grow even as the years grow long. I have tried to illustrate that here by using an old photo of Andy himself, as a child (on the bike) to represent the past, while his son, Jesse Red (behind little Andy) represents the future.
To learn more about the film, please visit http://beherenowfilmcomingsoon.com

A Champion Remembered - Partof 4

The Message”

8:00 A.M - 9/11/2012 (California Time)

”’Be Here Now’ is all about being present, and not fearing what you don’t know.”

Andy Whitfield


When Andy was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2010, he naturally had every intention of fighting as hard as he could to overcome and beat it.

And he did.

Then came the second blow, when he and Vashti learned that the cancer had come back. Andy was well on his way to begin filming season two of ‘Spartacus’, but had to ultimately bow out of the role in order to focus on his health.

Rather than wallow in self-pity and anger, Andy decided that he wanted to share his struggle with the world, in the hopes that his story could make a difference to someone, somewhere. He allowed cameras into his private life, which followed him through the intense battle against his cancer. This footage was compiled by Oscar-nominated director Lilibet Foster into a feature-length documentary entitled “Be Here Now”, which is set to release sometime next year.

It will be the fullfilment of Andy’s dream, and a true and crystal-clear testament to who he was as a man and human being - tenacious and relentless in making some beauty grow out of even the most dire of situations.

Be Here Now is Andy’s legacy, one that will continue to grow even as the years grow long. I have tried to illustrate that here by using an old photo of Andy himself, as a child (on the bike) to represent the past, while his son, Jesse Red (behind little Andy) represents the future.

To learn more about the film, please visit http://beherenowfilmcomingsoon.com


A Champion Remembered - Part 2 of 4
“The Man”


12:00 A.M. - 9/11/2012 (New York time)

Andy was a man, no different from any other in that regard. He was a human being, with flaws and ambitions, dreams and aspirations, just as you and I. He was a son, and a father; a husband, and cherished friend. 
He was so many things to so many people, but most of all, he was who he was, and he was sure of who he was, and he shared that enormous presence as much as he could with the world, SO magnificent and so unassuming - this much is apparent, and for that, we thank you, Andy.
Stay tuned for parts 3 and 4, as we continue to remember Our Champion Andy.

A Champion Remembered - Partof 4

The Man”

12:00 A.M. - 9/11/2012 (New York time)

Andy was a man, no different from any other in that regard. He was a human being, with flaws and ambitions, dreams and aspirations, just as you and I. He was a son, and a father; a husband, and cherished friend.

He was so many things to so many people, but most of all, he was who he was, and he was sure of who he was, and he shared that enormous presence as much as he could with the world, SO magnificent and so unassuming - this much is apparent, and for that, we thank you, Andy.

Stay tuned for parts 3 and 4, as we continue to remember Our Champion Andy.


A Champion Remembered - Part 1 of 4: 
“In Memory”

8:00 A.M. - (Sydney, Australia Time)
Today is September 11th, 2012. 
Today marks the one-year anniversary since the world lost one of its brightest gifts - a man who loved and was loved by so many, most of whom he never knew.
I am, of course, referring to Andy Whitfield, also known as “The Bringer of Rain, the Champion of Capua, the Slayer of the Shadow…Spartacus.”
As his dear and wondrously incredible wife Vashti has stated on occasion, today is not a day to be marked with grief. The tears will fall, of course, but today we should choose to remember all that Andy was,the amazing generosity of good that he put out into the world, and the legacy that he left behind of love, compassion, and fearlessness, a legacy that continues to grow and grow, triumphing over the loss of such a beautiful human being.
Stay tuned for parts 2, 3 and 4, as we take this moment in time, this day, to remember Andy Whitfield - Father, Son, Husband, Friend, Hero, and Champion.
 

A Champion Remembered - Part 1 of 4:

In Memory”

8:00 A.M. - (Sydney, Australia Time)

Today is September 11th, 2012

Today marks the one-year anniversary since the world lost one of its brightest gifts - a man who loved and was loved by so many, most of whom he never knew.

I am, of course, referring to Andy Whitfield, also known as “The Bringer of Rain, the Champion of Capua, the Slayer of the ShadowSpartacus.”

As his dear and wondrously incredible wife Vashti has stated on occasion, today is not a day to be marked with grief. The tears will fall, of course, but today we should choose to remember all that Andy was,the amazing generosity of good that he put out into the world, and the legacy that he left behind of lovecompassion, and fearlessness, a legacy that continues to grow and grow, triumphing over the loss of such a beautiful human being.

Stay tuned for parts 23 and 4, as we take this moment in time, this day, to remember Andy Whitfield - FatherSonHusbandFriendHero, and Champion.


 

Exclusive: Andy Whitfield Remembered by Co-Star in Moving PSA


via Entertainment Tonight Online:


Lucy Lawless is remembering her Spartacus: Blood and Sand co-star Andy Whitfield in this moving tribute created for the Stand Up 2 Cancer telethon.

Whitfield lost his battle with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on September 11th, 2011, but is clearly fondly remembered by both the cast and crew of the hit STARZ series.

You can watch Stand Up 2 Cancer Friday, September 7th at 8 p.m. ET/PT on both STARZ and ENCORE.

"No one is immune to cancer. It strikes unexpectedly, changing lives. We must stand united against this often devastating disease - a lesson the cast and crew of Spartacus learned, when we lost a dearly-loved friend far too early in his life. 

Andy Whitfield was a true champion, an amazing man and he gave his all to every aspect of his life, and it was an honor to know him.

Stand with me, and take a moment to remember Andy Whitfield, loving husband and father, terrific actor, and an inspiration to us all.”

- Lucy Lawless


Be Here Now

“I mean I was exhausted by the end of the first season, but I’m pretty sure anyone would have been. It’s one of the most extreme things I’ve ever gone through. And uh, there was a lot of pain at the end of that - wasn’t sure what it was, and it wasn’t going away, and ended up being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.”
- Andy Whitfield

I mean I was exhausted by the end of the first season, but I’m pretty sure anyone would have been. It’s one of the most extreme things I’ve ever gone through. And uh, there was a lot of pain at the end of that - wasn’t sure what it was, and it wasn’t going away, and ended up being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

- Andy Whitfield