Thursday, October 25, 2012

Remembering Will Wardrip

Many of you who are now friends of Advocates for Injured Athletes may not know the history of the foundation. On our website we honor Will Wardrip who died three years ago today. Will was a friend and inspiration to all, admired for his character and recognized by his HUGE smile. When Will passed away his mom and dad designated memorial funds to Advocates for Injured Athletes. Each day we have tried to honor Will with our work in creating a program to help save lives.
We miss you Willy.

Will Wardrip (November 12, 1992–October 25, 2009)
Tommy Mallon and Will Wardrip were friends and teammates. On May 23, 2009, Tommy collapsed after a collision with an opponent on the lacrosse field and suffered a fractured neck. Will watched from the sidelines as his dad, anesthesiologist Eric Wardrip, came on to the field to tend to Tommy. Dr. Wardrip stayed by our side, riding with us in the ambulance and remaining with us in the hospital until Tommy was transferred, several hours later, to the ICU. He was a tremendous support for our family. Tragically, on October 25, 2009, the Wardrip family lost Will in a car accident. We all share their grief and the pain of this loss; we all miss Will. We will work together to honor Will's memory.

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