HOPE Week honoree Fratto passes away at 19

HOPE Week honoree Fratto passes away at 19

Daniel Fratto, a 2010 HOPE Week honoree, passed away on Sunday at the age of 19, the Yankees announced Monday evening.

A member of the "Beautiful People" -- an organization that unites children with disabilities and the community through sports programs -- Fratto took part in the HOPE Week celebration at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 19, 2010.

During the celebration, Fratto got the chance to be the public address announcer for a half-inning as the Yankees took on the Tigers. Fratto announced Derek Jeter's name prior to an at-bat.

Fratto, who battled extreme physical challenges as a result of severe combined immune deficiency syndrome, was studying graphic design at SUNY Rockland. In the process of creating his own company called "Roaring Graphics," his lifelong goal was to become an animator.

A funeral service will be held for him Wednesday evening in Middletown, N.Y.

Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.