Two weeks after Bishop Moore (Fla.) baseball player Joe Skinner signed with Central Florida, he was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia with an arduous treatment routine ahead of him.
In March, Skinner barely had enough strength but managed to stand with his teammates on senior night in between rounds of chemotherapy.
In mid-April, Skinner was expected to begin a month of treatments in Dallas after being accepted into clinical trial, but the trial was delayed.
Saturday morning, the news rocked his school community and Florida baseball that the 17-year-old Skinner had died.
The tributes flowed in on social media from far and wide, including many of the top players in Florida and Central Florida coach Terry Rooney.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Skinner initially was diagnosed with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The plan was for a bone marrow transplant when he went into remission.
But when chemotherapy did not put him into remission, doctors determined it was because of hypodiploid clone, which impacts less than 2 percent of the 4,000 children diagnosed with ALL annually across the nation. That odds of recovery were 40-50 percent.
The community had rallied around Skinner’s journey with the hashtag #SkinnerStrong and fund-raisers — such as T-shirts and bracelets — that Skinner asked be sent to Make-A-Wish to help the dream of another young cancer patient come true.