What a Trooper!!

By Andrea Schmauss

The Nations Law Firm would like to share a story about a special young lady we met at a recent DPS / HPD Make a Wish Event.  Six-year-old Khyrstin Andrews, better known as “Kyssi,” was diagnosed in 2012 with a Wilms’ Tumor, a type of childhood cancer that affects the kidneys. After undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, she was declared cancer-free.  But not long after that, her Wilms’ Tumor returned and metastasized to her lungs. She underwent a surgery and an intense type of chemotherapy.

In January 2014 Kyssi was declared cancer-free once again. But at her six-month follow-up appointment, doctors found that Kyssi’s cancer had returned a third time. As always, Kyssi, her Mom Marla, family, friends and more than 160,000 Facebook page supporters and more than 9,000 Instagram followers were ready to beat Wilms’ Tumor — and smile while doing it. Now at stage 4, this little trooper still manages to stay optimistic and cheerful.

Kyssi’s wish is to be a police officer so she can help people. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Houston Police Department (HPD) pulled out all the stops to make her wish come true.  The agencies had uniforms made for her, complete with boots, belts, hat, badges and name plates. In June, Kyssi was sworn in as an honorary Houston Police Office.  Today, October 27, 2014 she was sworn in as an honorary Texas Trooper.  Following the swearing in ceremony, she went into the communications room and called on the radio for her patrol car.  The car came and she went for a ride with lights and siren and even pulled over a vehicle and wrote that lucky driver a ticket.  Next stop, the HPD Mounted Officers had her up on a horses taking a short ride.  The HPD Solo Officers where next on the list and she looked adorable on their motorcycle.  Then a ride in the DPS helicopter.  She said she really liked the helicopter, although her mom got a little excited up there. This amazing girl returned to headquarters to accept a variety of presents, plaques, and other goodies. She gave several TV interviews like a true veteran. Kyssi ended her day by getting on the DPS radio and signing off her shift. Although very tired by the end of the day, she still maintained a smile and several giggles.

We never know what direction life will take us. Seeing Kyssi and all she has been through in her short 6 years, we are humbled and thankful for all the blessings in life and we are grateful to share in this special event.


Kyssi and Andrea
Kyssi Andrews and Andrea Schmauss, IT Administrator (member of the DPS Citizens Academy)
Kyssi and her mom
Kyssi on the news
Thumbs up!
Finishing touches being added to Kyssi’s new HPD uniform

The Nations Law Firm in the Community

Comida Food Drive at Fiesta, Houston
Comida Food Drive at Fiesta, Houston

Howard Nations issues a challenge to ALL Houston Area Law Firms to donate to the HPD Comida Food Drive. For the past 27 years HPD has partnered with Fiesta Mart, Inc., The Pepsi Bottling Group and the Houston Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association to collect, package and distribute boxes of food to Houston’s underprivileged families. Last year HPD was able to provide 3,500 boxes of food to places of worship for distribution to families in need.

Cindy Nations, the firm’s Managing Partner, presented a $1,000 check to HPD this afternoon. She challenged all law firms to help make the holiday a little brighter for many Houston area families.

English Version: Video of Comida Food Drive Spanish Version: Video of Comida Food Drive


To place an online donation go to www.houstonpolice.org, click on the “Comida Food Drive” and then the “Make a Donation” button. Online donations are being accepted now through December 1, with 100% of all cash donations to go toward the purchase of basic bulk food staples.
Volunteers will be at 14 area Fiesta Marts (locations listed below) to accept food and cash donations Thursday November 29, and Friday November 30, noon to 8 p.m., and on Saturday December 1, and Sunday December 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

711 Airline, Houston 77022
6200 Bellaire, Houston 77081
7510 Bellfort, Houston 77061
12201 East Freeway, Houston 77015
1175 Edgebrook, Houston 77034
8320 FM 1960, Houston77070
11240 Fondren, Houston 77096
10401 Jensen, Houston 77093
8130 Kirby, Houston 77054
5600 Mykawa, Houston 77033
2300 North Shepherd, Houston 77008
4200 San Jacinto, Houston 77004
800 South Wayside, Houston 77023
12584 Westheimer, Houston 77077

For more information, please email info@howardnations.com