Beloved New Windsor athlete dies after battle with cancer
Jett Diaz, 14, had his dream come true last July when the baseball enthusiast was signed to play for his favorite team, the New York Mets, thanks to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
The New Windsor teen spent the day meeting his favorite players and batting with them. A news conference was held officially welcoming the boy into the clubhouse.
Tragically, five months later, the Newburgh Free Academy ninth grader passed away Sunday after a battle with cancer.
Newburgh Enlarged City Schools released a statement on Thursday saying the teen’s loss comes with “great sadness.”
Jett also played baseball for his hometown team, the Newburgh Knights. His young teammates wore their jerseys at school on Thursday in honor of Jett.
The Mets tweeted saying they’re “deeply saddened” to learn about the loss of their teammate.
Last year, his high school coach held a community fundraiser called “Jog for Jett” that drew hundreds of people to help his family after learning the teen had an inoperable brain tumor.
Diaz’s obituary says he passed away surrounded by family and that “Jett was known for his unique laugh and infectious smile. He had a way of finding the humor in everything and always looking on the bright side.”
Many of Jett’s classmates and their families have been impacted by Jett’s life and loss.
The school district says they have grief counselors available to students who need help during this difficult time.
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