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The JunTos Foundation

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About the Author

Maruchi Suquet Mendez is a Cuban born writer and author of “Finding Home,” a Memoir of a Mother’s Undying Love and an Untold Secret;  “Buscando Mi Estrella,” its' Spanish translation, and her newest book, “100 Things to Do in Miami Before You Die”.  She is the co-founder of JunTos Foundation, which helps prevent the unnecessary loss of young victims to heart disease and cancer, and an advocate for student-athletes’ health.  After the tragic and untimely death of her son, she has spearheaded several attempts to pass a bill that would protect young athletes by assuring proper medical screening and testing while engaging in the lucrative business of competitive High School, College and University Sports.  Her quest "How much is a young athlete's life worth" is still a very controversial subject, and remains an unanswered question.

Maruchi lives in Miami, where she has raised her four children and is now a proud grandmother of twins. 

"I've have learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel"

 - Maya Angelou


About Ramiro "Toti" Mendez

Ramiro "Toti" Mendez passed away on April 2, 2000. Toti's life was cut short by a condition known as sudden cardiac death (SCD) caused by undetected Cardiomyopathy. He was a very caring young man who had a great passion for baseball. Aside from family and baseball, Toti's life was his FIU family and teammates. A memorial plaque was erected at the FIU pitcher’s bullpen in honor of Toti.  Florida International University has established a scholarship fund in his name known as “The 23 Scholarship Endowment Fund.”  His uniform #23,  has been retired. 

To view more photos of Toti, visit the gallery here

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