Finding Home is a mother's letter to a most remarkable son, her golden child, the one who left her too soon. It is the true story of Ramiro "Toti" Mendez, an All-American college baseball player who starred at Florida International University and Miami's Westminster Christian High School. Toti, whose athletic endeavors graced local headlines, died from an undetected heart condition, without knowing the most important story of his life.
This honest memoir is also about untold secrets. Maruchi Mendez never had the chance to explain to Toti about his birth. Toti was born in Asturias, Spain, and illegally adopted by Maruchi and her husband Ramiro, who brought him into the United States.
"How much is the life of a college athlete worth?" Mendez asks. "Who is watching out for them?" Every year, the college scouting system monitors performance, speed, and GPAs, but it fails to do the same when it comes to their health. Meanwhile, athletes continue to drop dead in tracks and fields by the hundreds across the country. The strides Mendez has achieved in her son's name are marked by memories and tears. But they reinforce a mother's love each day and her resolve to tell his story to the world.
|Publisher:||Reedy Press, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Maruchi Mendez lives with her family in Miami, Florida, and is a co-founder of JunTos Foundation, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to help young patients and their families who fall victim to terminal or life-threatening illnesses.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Day You Left
Chapter 2: Why You?
Chapter 3: Bringing You Home
Chapter 4: Finding Your Way
Chapter 5: Play Ball
Chapter 6: Oviedo
Chapter 7: Life in Exile
Chapter 8: The Natural
Chapter 9: The Secret
Chapter 10: Turmoil
Chapter 11: Starry Night
Chapter 12: Bad Things in Bunches
Chapter 13: Becoming a Warrior
Chapter 14: Warriors Without Drums
Chapter 15: A Masterful Performance
Chapter 16: A Chef Is Born
Chapter 17: An All-American
Chapter 18: How Many Replays Do I Get?
Chapter 19: The White Dove
Chapter 20: The Holy Spirit?
Chapter 21: When a Warrior Falls
Chapter 22: My Search Begins
Chapter 23: Your Essence
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I finished it in one day. Moving and inspiring. A must read for mothers with children in sports. Very poetic and haunting end.