How much is the life of a young athlete worth?
The coaches predicted a bright future for Ramiro “Toti” Mendez, perhaps as bright as fellow Westminster alum Alex Rodriguez. But there was something they didn't know about the acclaimed young athlete, an undetected heart defect that threatened more than his career. "Finding Home” is a mother's story about a most remarkable son, her golden child, who left her too soon. It is the true story of baseball pitcher Ramiro “Toti“ Mendez, All-American College Baseball player who starred at Baseball powerhouse of the 90’s Miami's Westminster Christian School.
On April 2, 2000, just months after his condition was diagnosed, he suffered sudden cardiac death. He collapsed in the back yard of his Miami home as his mother watched from the kitchen window. He was just 20 years old and he had yet to fulfill one of his great dreams of seeing Yankee Stadium. His athletic endeavors graced local headlines and stats filled the sports page agate. But he died without knowing he was Illegally adopted in Spain.
This is the story of a boy's interrupted dreams and his mother's desperate mission to raise awareness about the need for expanded testing of young athletes at risk.
How much is the life of a college athlete worth? His mother, Maruchi Mendez asks. Who is watching out for them? The strides Mendez has achieved in Toti's name are marked by memories and tears. But she is resolved to tell his story to the world.