I feel for the Olerud family. This is really sad news that John's daughter Jordan passed away at 19 years old.
From the NY POST
The daughter of former Mets and Yankees infielder John Olerud has died following a lifelong battle with a rare chromosome disorder, according to Mets vice president of alumni relations Jay Horwitz.
Read more here.Jordan had an extra second chromosome and was missing part of her fifth chromosome. Both the Mets and Yankees sent their condolences Sunday to the Olerud family.John spent three seasons with the Mets (1997-99) and one with the Yankees (2004) as part of a 17-year career that saw the two-time All-Star first baseman win two World Series with the Blue Jays.With the Mets, John was part of the famous 1999 Sports Illustrated cover featuring “The Best Infield Ever,” alongside Edgardo Alfonzo, Robin Ventura, and Rey Ordonez.Jordan is survived by her parents, sister Jessica and brother Garrett.
The Olerud family Started the Jordan Fund.
You can check it out more about that here.
Our foundersThe Jordan Fund was founded by John & Kelly Olerud in 2003. The fund’s mission is to provide support to special needs children and their families. Their daughter, Jordan, was born with a rare chromosome disorder in August 2000.John & Kelly have experienced first hand what an enormous task it is to care for a child with special needs, and what a huge burden it can place on families. John & Kelly are so grateful to the Lord for giving them a firm foundation of family, friends and the financial means to help care for Jordan. Due to that, the following verses became an inspiration for the formation of the fund:2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.As a result, John & Kelly want to reach out to help families of children with special needs. They decided to act on this wish by creating the Jordan Fund.