The story behind the San Francisco 49ers fan who showed up at the Seahawks’ Super Bowl victory parade wearing Niners gear has taken several dramatic twists.
The fan is 15-year-old Ronnie Andrews, and he is homeless. He lives in a Seattle-area homeless shelter and is a ward of the state of Washington.
If that’s not enough, his parade crash has united the two archrival fan bases. They are pouring in financial support for him through a GoFundMe.com account that was originally set up by a 49ers booster club president to send Andrews to the 49ers-Seahawks game at Levi’s Stadium next season as a reward for his courage.
It’s the latest example of 49ers and Seahawks fans coming together for a good cause.
According to a story published in the San Jose Mercury News, more than $26,000 has been raised for the “Niner Waldo.” Catherine Tate, who set up the account and is overseeing it, wrote over the weekend on GoFundMe.com that the funds will not go directly to Andrews, but to the foster family that adopts him:
“Once this minor has been placed with a foster parent we will contact the foster parent and arrange to set up a bank account in this minors name to be accessed when he turns 18. This minor has a huge desire to attend college and is blown away that so many people want to help him. He fully intends on using this money for this purpose. You all have changed this kids life. I can appreciate the skeptics. But I assure you this is one story that is very very very real.”
Monday Tate wrote that five “qualified” Foster Care providers had stepped up to “welcome (Andrews) into their home.”
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