If you’ve never heard of the name Ari Schultz, I’ll give you a few minutes to get a tissue. What I’m going to do now is post some videos in chronological order depicting his story. Please watch.
What an adorable child. Young, vibrant and full of energy, with a smile and a laugh to make you melt. Unfortunately, his heart is defective and he learned that he will need a new one.
When he got home, he was greeted by a few friends:
On Friday July 21, 2017, Ari passed away. He suffered from seizures and was rushed to the hospital, where he later passed.
I don’t know if it’s the fact that I have kids that this news hit me, or that I just had a son recover from sickness (nowhere near the extent of Ari, but still tough to watch), or the fact that I just love and adore sports and the athletes that participate in them, but I was truly saddened by this news. On the surface, no child should ever have to suffer the way that Ari did. To be confined to a hospital while undergoing multiple surgeries and seizures, he is an inspiration to all of us on how to persevere. Furthermore, his parents deserve a TON of credit to for having to fight with Ari every step of the way, and my thoughts and prayers are with them.
Finally, let’s take a moment to reflect on what’s really important in life. We argue on social media about contracts, who’s better than who and so forth, but when it comes down to it, this is what is important: life. Ari lived only five years confined to a hospital room for many of them, yet he touched the lives of others in a deep way. He loved life with a smile on his face, with a bat in his hand, and with people who loved him. That’s what’s important.
So as I finish writing this piece with my youngest (he was the sick one) laying on my lap watching a video in the corner of the screen, perhaps I shouldn’t think of it as him having the entire house to sit/play and other devices to watch this Super Mario video, so why did he have to choose here….rather, out of all of the places in the world to watch this, he chose my lap and he chose to take an interest in what I was doing, and be thankful that someone so amazing wants me in his life.
And there you have it.