Wednesday, June 27, 2012

HOPE Week Day 3 : Andy Fass

Andy Fass is legally blind 5 year old child but still plays tee Ball for fun. Many Yankees will be surprising him today with a visit in honor of him and for HOPE Week. Here is a little story about Andy...

A chance encounter gave five-year-old Andy Fass a new goal and hope. As someone who has a condition called oculocutaneous albinism, which affects approximately 40,000 people around the world, Andy is legally blind and without pigment in his skin, forcing him to avoid long exposure to the sun. Though Andy has always gravitated to people and many individual activities, he was told baseball would never be an option due to the contact and the chance of injury due to moving objects.
All of that changed, however, on April 25, 2012, when Andy Pettitte, who was making a start at Trenton, gave little Andy the baseball he was using to warm up. Encouraged by the gesture, little Andy – who was attending his first-ever professional baseball game – was immediately inspired to sign up for tee-ball and take on the challenge.

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