Daniel Fratto, a 19-year-old who participated in the Yankees' 2010 HOPE Week, died Sunday.
Fratto, who battled the effects of immune deficiency syndrome, participated in HOPE Week through his involvement with "Beautiful Children," a non-profit organization that provides adaptive sports programs for children with disabilities.
On Aug. 19, 2010, as part of HOPE Week, Fatto was the Yankee Stadium public address announcer for a half-inning, getting the opportunity to announce Derek Jeter's name before an at-bat against the Tigers. Fratto later would be the P.A. announcer when members of "Beautiful People" and several Yankees played a baseball game on the field.
According to a Yankees release, Fratto graduated from Minisink Valley High school in Middletown, N.Y., and was studying graphic design at SUNY Rockland. He dreamed to be an animator, and was creating his own company, "Roaring Graphics."
Fratto is survived by his parents, Michael and Danielle, and a brother, Michael.