Anthony Negrin, 19, died Oct. 6 at home in west Bradenton after a lifelong battle with a rare blood disorder, Fanconi anemia.
An avid basketball, tennis and violin player at Bradenton Christian School, his fight for life in the past three years attracted the attention of the community, which rallied around him with fundraisers.
Mr. Negrin endured three bone marrow transplants since 2006. Fanconi anemia prevents bone marrow from making life-sustaining hemoglobin for red blood cells.
Family and friends, including his father, Sergio Sr., mother Roxanne, brothers, Sergio Jr., 24, and twins Jordan and Jonathan, 18, grandmother Ana Rosa and family friend Nathan Tuttle were with him at the closing moments of his life.
Memorial donations may be made to Anthony Negrin Scholarship Fund, c/o Bradenton Christian School, 3304 43rd St. W., Bradenton, Fla. 34209
Published in The Bradenton Herald from Oct. 6 to Oct. 11, 2009