2nd Lieutenant Andrew Jacob Torres
August 1,1980 – April 3, 2004
Known for his charm, wit, and positive attitude, Andrew Torres made a lasting impression on all who met him. Andrew grew up in the Pasadena, CA area and became interested in military service because of two Marines–-his father who served as a Marine officer with First Force Recon in Vietnam and his great-uncle who fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II.
Andrew received a Congressional appointment to the United States Naval Academy and joined the Class of 2002. Despite a diagnosis of cancer in January of 2002, Andrew graduated with his class, with a B.S. in History, and was commissioned into the United States Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant. For the remainder of his life, he served as an assistant to the Senior Marine at the Naval Academy. He was posthumously awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his courage and contribution to cancer research.
In the hours before his death, he asked his family and friends to help find a cure for cancer. In his honor, Andrew’s friends and family have organized six fundraisers, including five golf tournaments. They have raised over $270,000 for cancer research. Past research was directed towards finding a simple blood test to predict liver cancer. Those results were published in a peer-reviewed article in Disease Markers, by J.N. Riggins, W. Corey, A.N. Fonteh and M.G. Harrington, Blood serum alpha fetoprotein enhancer binding protein decreases in chronic HBV hepatitis patients as hepatocellular cancer appears, Disease Markers 28 (2010), 125–135.
The next golf tournament will support research into non-coding RNA, by Faye Eggerding, M.D., Ph.D., at Huntington Medical Research Institutes in Pasadena, California.