Golf outing funds foundation honoring Palatine High student who died in accident
Marisa and Adam Marton were surrounded in a sea or red and blue Friday as they celebrated the life of their 16-year-old son, Andrew.
All proceeds from Friday's golf outing at Palatine Hills Golf Course & Clubhouse will go the AndrewStrong Foundation, a nonprofit established by Andrew's parents. Andrew was a straight-A student at Palatine High School and four-sport athlete who died after a dirt bike accident in April.
"It's very important to have family and friends here to celebrate his wonderful life," Marisa Marton said. "We are also raising funds for our foundation, where we are planning on helping kids in the community who are in need. We are looking forward to giving our first donation away very soon to somebody in need."
The fundraiser, which included a dinner, was sold out.
"He had a huge impact on the community, and a lot of people are coming together to celebrate him, because we are missing him," Marisa Marton said.
Marisa said that while Andrew indicated on his driver's license that he wanted to be an organ donor, the family had never really talked about it. His parents talked with the doctors and agreed to the donation. Five organs were donated to four individuals.
"We are definitely 100 percent so proud that we helped him follow through with his last wish," she said.