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Spartacus: Blood and Sand fans should be interested in this sobering yet inspiring Kickstarter project which documents Andy Whitfield's unsuccessful battle against non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Not knowing what would happen, Andy invited a camera to follow him throughout his journey as he explores both medical and alternative healing option in Australia, New Zealand and India. This unprecedented access and his openness and honesty gives the audience an intimate look into his personal life, that is rarely shared, especially by a celebrity. It was Andy’s hope that by opening his story up to a documentary, he might help or inspire others facing similar challenges, while pushing to accelerate the pace of cancer research around the world.


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  1. Inspirational, sweet, tragic and yet another reminder to all of us that we should love hard and big...for tomorrow isn't promised to any of us.

    Posted by: Don with a "D" | Jun 11, 2012 11:22:43 AM

  2. If, as he says, he believes that it is all meant to be he will manage beautifully leaving behind a trail of exemplary strength no matter what the outcome. If he can have signs all over the house that say "Andy is Spartacus" - and get the role - he must try "Andy is healthy" at eye level everywhere in his life. Consistent positive thought is the only right religion.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 11, 2012 11:25:25 AM

  3. non-Hodgkin's

    Posted by: melvin | Jun 11, 2012 11:41:30 AM

  4. I had the privilege of meeting the cast of Season 1 of Spartacus and all of them were amazingly humble, friendly and caring people. I remember meeting Andy and preparing to get treated like a dumb fan and he was the most genuine person. THank you for sharing this story with us. rip Andy- champion in all life

    Posted by: Gw | Jun 11, 2012 11:42:00 AM

  5. I want to have sex with all of them.

    Posted by: Alan | Jun 11, 2012 11:46:17 AM

  6. Just those six minutes made me a bit teary so I can't imagine what a full length documentary will do. I hope it gets made and I hope all Spartacus fans watch it and get some closure.

    It really became unbearable to be a member of the Spartacus Facebook page the past season. Every other post is something saying things like "Don't disrespect Andy", "You should have canceled the show when Andy got sick" and the most absurd to me was when the promotional posters came out for the past season there were people upset that Andy's image wasn't used in them. I felt like it was really disrespectful to the other people involved in creating the show and I had to stop reading them because it was just a constant reminder of his death.

    Posted by: KM | Jun 11, 2012 12:39:05 PM

  7. UFFDA, he's already passed away. Alan, can't you turn off the horniness long enough to respect this man as a person and patient and not just a piece of meat?

    Posted by: Tim | Jun 11, 2012 12:48:12 PM

  8. Heart breaking.

    Posted by: CHAD | Jun 11, 2012 12:50:32 PM

  9. RIP Andy, thanks so much for letting us into your life both in the show and in your life. I have a feeling, you won't be forgotten soon. May his family remain strong and know that their loved one was loved by many.

    Posted by: John Simpson | Jun 11, 2012 2:09:32 PM

  10. TIM- I had no idea, so sorry. Thank you. Why bother now with the documentary?

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 11, 2012 11:21:08 PM

  11. "Why bother now with the documentary?"

    Maybe because life and death and coping with both are important subjects? Just because he died doesn't mean his life story can't be inspirational. Most of us won't play Spartacus, but we'll all face mortality sooner or later. Hard to imagine that people wouldn't find this poignant and meaningful.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jun 12, 2012 12:25:04 AM

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