On Sunday morning, we learned of the tragic passing of Florida Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez in a boating accident.
Not only is Fernandez considered to be the best young pitcher in baseball, but he is known for his charitable giving within the pediatric rhabdomyosarcoma community.
In 2013, Fernandez was named Rookie of the Year. With little publicity, he kindly donated all of his award money to the Live Like Bella foundation. The money was used to fund preclinical alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma research projects. In 2014, Fernandez donated an additional $34,000 to the foundation who used it to fund a research trial at Oregon Health & Science University. Fernandez later joined they board of directors of the Live Like Bella foundation.
Not only did the baseball world lose such a young talented athlete, but the pediatric rhabdomyosarcoma world lost a great, young philanthropist.