There are some people that just have a way; they simply capture your heart. That defines our Patrick Stephen Barrett. Patrick's humility, strength, curiosity, and charm were obvious on first meeting. He loved his Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Steelers, and IU Hoosiers. He enjoyed socializing with his friends and family, playing board and card games, and watching movies. His smile infectious, his heart open - he was one in a million.
It was also true that he was destined for great things. His mind was matched by very few and his desire to give back to Riley Hospital for Children was evident as he worked towards a career in medicine.
Unfortunately, Patrick’s life was cut short. First diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, an aggressive bone cancer, at the age of 13, Patrick spent 10 months undergoing extreme chemotherapy and radiation treatments at Riley Hospital for Children. This battle was won…remission. Patrick was able to experience high school like most teenagers. He studied and challenged himself, attended sporting events, held a job and even got into a little trouble. Graduating near the top of his class, he enrolled at Indiana University in Bloomington where he planned to study chemistry with medical school dreams. Four months into his freshman year, Patrick was faced with another battle. The cancer had returned. Patrick fought until he couldn’t fight any longer.
His legacy and dreams will live on as we strive to help others that face similar battles.