By Andrew Porter
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – In April of 2004, Andrew Farrell lost his battle to Leukemia. He was 21 years old.
Andrew, who played baseball for George Washington High School in northeast Philadelphia, was an incredible kid and the epitome of a true teammate. Andrew was always a team-first guy, and was known for his words of encouragement and leadership on and off of the field.
Andrew and his family redefine the word ‘strong’.
All before his battle with Leukemia, Andrew had to overcome hardship after hardship in the most frightening way. In 1996, Andrew’s older brother, Tom, was diagnosed with a brain tumor and lost vision in one eye. In 1999, Andrew’s youngest brother, Michael, passed away from brain cancer. In 2003, Andrew’s mother, Michelle, passed away from pancreatic and cervical cancer.
Every May, Andrew’s friends, family, former teammates, and even some complete strangers who just want to show their support, gather at Andrew’s alma mater, George Washington High School, to partake in a Home Run Derby, while honoring and remembering Andrew Farrell.
Now, as Andrew’s brother TJ would tell you, we are all a part of Andrew’s family.
This year, we are excited to announce the 2014 Andrew Farrell Home Run Derby is set for Saturday, May 17th at George Washington High School (10175 Bustleton Ave Philadelphia, PA 19116).
This is the ten year anniversary of start of the foundation and a large turnout is expected.
All proceeds go to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
You can register HERE (comes with a FREE t-shirt!)
Video documenting Andrew’s story:
Visit AndrewFarrell.org for more information.