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Memorial service to remember Arroyo Grande High School grad Ryan Teixeira scheduled

Arroyo Grande High School’s Ryan Teixeira was named the 2015 Tribune County Player of the Year for baseball.
Arroyo Grande High School’s Ryan Teixeira was named the 2015 Tribune County Player of the Year for baseball. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

A memorial service for Ryan Teixeira, an Arroyo Grande High School graduate and baseball standout who died at age 20 fighting a rare form of leukemia Saturday, has been scheduled for March 19.

The event, which will be at Doug Hitchen Stadium at Arroyo Grande High School, will begin at 1:17 p.m.; Teixeria’s number was 17. The event is open to the public, but attendees are asked to register online by Sunday to help event organizers plan for crowd size.

Ryan Teixeira memorial service Where: Doug Hitchen Stadium at Arroyo Grande High SchoolDonations 17 Strong Foundation: 720 Thousand Hills Road, Pismo Beach, CA 93449 Colorado Mesa University Foundation: Send to Attn: Ryan Teixeira Scholarship, 1450 N. 12th St., Grand Junction, CO 81501 or by calling 970-248-1902.

Attendees are encouraged to donate to one of two causes backed by the Teixeira family in lieu of flowers — the 17 Strong Foundation or a scholarship set up in Teixeira’s honor by Colorado Mesa University.

Organizers ask that attendees carpool and arrive early because parking will be limited.

Teixeira was diagnosed with leukemia eight months after his final round of chemotherapy stemming from his initial cancer diagnosis in 2015. He had surgery to remove a 10-pound malignant tumor from his leg a little more than a year ago.

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Justin Turner visited the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center to surprise Ryan Teixeira, the former Arroyo Grande High School baseball star and 2015 graduate who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in September. I

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