A post on 17Strong’s Facebook page said, “We’re excited to announce that our website seventeenstrong.org is live! Find out all about our non-profit, how to donate, and check out our online store for merchandise. #17stong.”
Teixeira, a former standout baseball player at Arroyo Grande High School, died March 4 at 20 years old. He had been diagnosed with leukemia eight months after his final round of chemotherapy stemming from an initial cancer diagnosis.
One of the primary goals of the website is to help “young adults who have suffered the trauma of catastrophic illness” by planning and funding “Victory Trips.”
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A “Victory Trip” is designed to give a recovering patient an opportunity to experience a time of recuperation doing something they have dreamed of.
“From the beginning of Ryan’s fight with cancer, he believed that every patient who fought a catastrophic disease deserved a Victory Trip,” the website says. “When Ryan realized that (due to his age) he no longer qualified for a trip through another organization, it became his personal goal to make a way for young adult patients to enjoy a Victory Trip.”
There are multiple ways people can help contribute to the cause, with separate sections listed to donate, fundraise, volunteer and sponsor.
Donations can be submitted on the website through PayPal or by mailing a check to 17 Strong at P.O. Box 1712, Pismo Beach, CA, 93448-1712.