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|The 9th Annual Frankie Hernandez Legacy of Life Baseball Tournament Held This Weekend|
|Written by San Fernando Valley Sun|
|Thursday, 29 August 2013 08:14|
Photo Courtesy Erica Rangel
Frankie Hernandez (left photo, back row center in catcher's gear) was a talented baseball player whose life was cut short but who has helped five other children as an organ donor. His friends and teammates (right photo) annually participate in a baseball tournament in his honor.
Erica Rangel Hernandez watched as her son's old teammates gathered Tuesday at the batting cages.
The teenagers talked about growing up together and laughed remembering stories and what they used to look like when they were younger.
For Hernandez, their laughter and stories were delightful but still tugged at her heart.
She wondered what her son would have been like. How he would've looked and sounded like if he had lived. Her son, "Frankie," a promising All Star Baseball player from Arleta, only lived until the age of nine after unexpectedly suffering a brain aneurysm.
She is happy to hear that her son's childhood friends still carry her son's memory close to their hearts and is looking forward to seeing them play baseball this weekend in tribute to her son. They haven't forgotten the shock of losing their friend when they were only in fourth grade. "Some of them, now drive," Hernandez shared, "and they visit him" [ at his grave site]
For Hernandez, there isn't a minute that goes by that where he isn't missed. She describes her son as a "fun loving kid with a lot of spunk and good character, and a smile brighter than the sun." He started to talk before he could walk and could catch a baseball before he was two.
"There are so many precious memories he left with me." said Hernandez. "Frankie is my first child, so simple in his thoughts of saving the world, he had a heart of gold," said Hernandez.
To honor her son, Hernandez started the Frankie Hernandez Legacy of Life baseball tournament. Frankie became an organ donor in 2005 that gave the "gift of life to save the lives of five other children." "We continue the tournament honoring Frankie is a sport he loved, to raise awareness on "Saving Lives" and we help the Donate Life organization assist other donor and recipients families," Hernandez said.
The tournament, hosted by Frankie's friends and family, includes elite teams in five age divisions between the ages of 5 through 12 attracts competitive level teams throughout Southern California and Nevada.
"My heart aches knowing that we have to learn to live without his presence, but knowing five kids, their families, and communities do not ache helps me get through the day. God choose me to be his mommy and I am blessed."
The public is invited to watch the tournament. Proceeds from the event will benefit OneLegacy, the nonprofit organ and tissue recovery agency and the Donate Life California Organ & Tissue Donor Registry
|Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 08:20|