In September 2016, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts asked Justin and his teammate, Adrian Gonzalez, to help him record a video for a HUGE Dodger fan. The fan was Ryan Teixeira, who was recently diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, his second cancer diagnosis. In December, Justin was visiting local hospitals to deliver Christmas presents to young patients and arrived at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. When Justin and Kourtney arrived at the hospital, a nurse excitedly told him that he had a patient she wanted Justin to meet. Justin had no idea he was going to greet the young man who was the recipient of his video greeting. Needless to say, they were both extremely surprised and it seemed like their relationship was meant to be!
Ryan and Justin chatted like old friends about their shared love of baseball. It was as if they had known each other for years. Justin knew right away he was a special person.
Ryan was a member of the Colorado Mesa University baseball team and lived his life to the fullest. While undergoing treatment, he came up with his vision for a foundation. Due to Ryan's age, he was unable to receive a trip/experience through another foundation. He believed that people battling cancer are worthy of their own "Victory Trip" regardless of their age. This laid the groundwork for his foundation, 17Strong, to be created.
Ryan won his VICTORY and went to be with Jesus on March 4, 2017. Justin knows there was a reason Ryan came into his life so it was an easy decision to partner with 17Strong. JTF helps 17Strong provide brave warriors fighting a life-altering illness with their very own "Victory Trip". Ryan's mom Holly, his dad Steve, his brother Aaron, and his forever love Nicole are committed to keeping Ryan's vision going. JTF recently presented Ryan's family with the Justin Turner Perseverance Award at his 3rd Annual Golf Classic. His mom, dad, Nicole and best friend Garrett proudly accepted it on his behalf.