Community Remembers Edgar McLean with Orange Ribbons


SHARPSBURG, Md. - On every corner and every street, bright orange ribbons line the town of Sharpsburg. It's a visual reminder that the community hasn't forgotten Edgar McLean, an 8-year-old boy who suddenly passed away on July 6, 2014.

"We rally around one another  when something like this happens. It's not the first time that you know the community, and the league has rallied. And so it's good to show our love and support for the family," said Jason Doresy, one of Edgar's Little League coaches.

For many years, Edgar battled Diamond Blackfan Anemia. But many said he was an active kid with a contagious smile and they'll remember Edgar's spirit on the baseball field. He was #8.

"Edgar was kind of the easy go kid, really laid back and quiet," said Doresy. "But when he was out on the field, he was running around enjoying himself and having fun you know laughing and playing with the other kids."

Edgar just finished second grade at Sharpsburg Elementary School and his favorite color was orange.

"I view orange in a different way right now. It's not just orange anymore to me you know," said Buck Waters, one of Edgar's Little League coaches. "I never looked at any color out there black, white, green, yellow or orange as a lot of meaning. But orange does mean something to me now."

During his viewing this past weekend, many people wore orange as a small gesture to support the family through this difficult time.

"His mom mentioned that she didn't know that many people had orange you know," said Waters. "So it was something that, that people did become a little tighter with and try to make sure that the family goes through this best this can."

"And even as they drive through, they be able to see it and it's just a reminder to let them know that we're thinking about him and praying for him," said Doresy.

A community rallying together behind one color to show their support for one family and the memory of their little boy.

Edgar's Little League Team will honor him during the 2014 Fall Ball game later this year. During this event, there will be #8 memorial jerseys being sold as a fundraiser to support the McLean family. The community has also created a Facebook page to honor Edgar's memory and the community is raising funds for the McLean family as well.

In addition to his parents, Edgar is survived by his four siblings, Chase, Cecil, Graham, and Heather McLean, all at home; his biological mother,  Mayra G. Rivero-Juarez and her family;  his maternal grandparents, Cecil and Jenny Sines of Baltimore, Maryland; his paternal grandparents, Tom and June McLean of Parkersburg, West Virginia; and his aunts and uncles, Scott and Mary Kerr, Jeff and Jennifer Crownover, and James and Jennifer Sines. He is also survived by his cousins, J.R., Katie, Clayton, Jacob, Garrett, Mitchell, Julia, Sydney, and Jackson; and his many friends from the Sharpsburg, Boonsboro, and Brunswick communities.

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