July 21, 2009
Spotlight on: Sean
Sean Reader's story has been difficult for me to write. I have been procrastinating sharing his story with you, because I don't have the right words to describe this incredible little boy.
Sean, at age 12, was a nationally-ranked chess player and started playing in championships when he was five years old. He won many state championships, and even beat adult championship players. Sean loved sports, video games and hanging out with his friends. Sean had an eye towards his future, and had college planned out by the time he was 12.
Sean was a valiant competitor in all aspects of his life, including his battle with leukemia. Sean was a champion, and didn't complain about the four-month long hospital stay, or the constant pills, tests, scans, and needles. Always the fighter, Sean made the most out of every day.
Sean lost his battle with leukemia on August 14th, 2006.
His legacy lives on through the Sean Reader Memorial Chess Fund, which provides financial aid to those who need it for chess classes and tournaments. Additionally, Sean's Fund provides chess lessons to children that are currently battling cancer. Sean's fund donates chess gift bags to Children's Hospital Los Angeles, where Sean was treated.
Sean is loved and remembered.