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“Today we lost one of the greatest kids I have ever come in contact with. Briggs Berry was a inspiration to us all. Touched so many lives not just mine or the fellas from @1053thefan but all of the DFW community. 

Briggs has shown us how to live life to the fullest and never take anything for granted. A wonderful kid with a strong heart and someone who meant a lot to me. We know now he’s in a much better pain free place in heaven watching over us. Thanks for everything you have done for me Briggs and taught me. 

You will be truly missed. Love you buddy #teambriggs will always live on and stay strong!"

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teambriggs

"Briggs has shown us how to live life to the fullest and never take anything for granted. A wonderful kid with a strong heart and someone who meant a lot to me. We know now he’s in a much better pain free place in heaven watching over us. Thanks for everything you have done for me Briggs and taught me. 

You will be truly missed. Love you buddy #teambriggs will always live on and stay strong!"

-Derek Holland

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During the 2014 season, Derek Holland met 18-year-old Briggs Berry during one of his many meet and greets at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth. Berry was stricken with IgM syndrome, a rare immunodeficiency disorder that compromises an individual’s ability to fight off viruses, bacteria, or other pathogens .

Even though he was battling for his own life, true to his nature Berry never stopped thinking of others. In addition to spending time with patients, Berry planned and designed a teen life room in the hospital and worked as the patient ambassador to Children’s Miracle Network, among much else.

Holland felt instantly connected with Berry and drew inspiration from the young man’s courageous struggle and devotion to helping others. Holland made many trips to Fort Worth to visit with Berry throughout the year, and would frequently text and call Berry and his family to provide words of encouragement. Holland even got Berry a PlayStation 4 not only to fight the solitude, but also so they could continue to play games when Holland was at home or traveling with the Rangers.

Sadly, Berry would lose his struggle with IgM syndrome and passed away in September of 2014. To honor his friend’s memory, along with a desire to help others like Berry, Holland established the 60 Feet 6 Foundation later that year. Named after the distance between the pitcher’s mound and home plate, the goals of Holland’s 60 Feet 6 Foundation are to raise awareness of and fund research for leukemia, particularly the pediatric forms.

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