A sweet little boy with big dreams made an even bigger impact in his short life.
Five-year-old Ari “Danger” Schultz was born with critical aortic stenosis and evolving hypoplastic left heart syndrome, the New York Post reported.
Little Ari’s condition kept him in and out of hospitals for much of his life, but it didn’t dampen his dreams.
Ari won the hearts of legions of fans with his love of the Boston Red Sox. Video of him receiving the news that he would be receiving a long-awaited heart transplant went viral. The whole time he was hearing the news, Ari was swinging his bat while wearing his Red Sox jersey.
Understandably nervous about the upcoming surgery, Ari’s dad told him they might be able to go to a Red Sox game in the near future if he got his new heart.
Ari was released from the hospital on June 16th and received a special visit from Red Sox catcher Christian Vasquez and his favorite player Xander Bogaerts at his home, the Post reported. Ari was even invited to throw the first pitch at Fenway Park on August 27th.
Tragically, Ari “Danger” Schultz passed away on July 21st after suffering a seizure. A post on his Facebook page stated:
“Ari passed away peacefully this evening listening to the Red Sox.”
Peacefully and triumphantly, as the little boy lived bravely and latched on to his dreams which were already coming true.
And of course, he passed on with lots of love – including from his beloved Red Sox.
Some fans make an instant impact on our team. Ari Schultz, with his optimism & unbridled excitement, is at the top. We'll miss you, Ari. pic.twitter.com/MIQrbE7ZZ7
— Red Sox (@RedSox) July 22, 2017
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