CINCINNATI — The youngest of
"The baseball tie-in and the name of the child and everything kind of struck her. And she reached out to the community to see if there was anything we could do," Mark Ellis said.
As a result the Ellises have partnered with the Dodgers,
Williams died days after being struck in the head and neck by a thrown ball.
"To be able to do something like this and hopefully shine a little bit of light on this family and this whole community who lost this young kid ... just to bring them out to the ballpark, something that's little to us is going to be hopefully a big day to them," Mark Ellis said.
As Ellis spoke, his 6-year-old son Briggs, who missed his first day of school to be with his dad, sat nearby in the Dodgers clubhouse.
"I don't think you can be a parent and not think about something like that," Ellis said. "And if you're a parent, you read an article like that, it's going to strike you for sure."
Anyone interested in helping other kids and other leagues may do so through the Dylan Williams Always an All Star Foundation via the Pacesetter Bank in Union City. The foundation creates awareness for organ donation, promotes field safety for kids and educating people on the importance of having automatic external defibrillators at ball fields. Donations can be mailed to: