Houston Astros foundation donates $65,000 to help build playground honoring boy who died of brain eating amoeba

HOUSTON, Texas – Mohrman said Josiah McIntyre enjoyed playing outside. He also loved baseball and the Houston Astros.

Josiah died Sept. 8, 2020, just days after encountering a deadly brain eating amoeba found in Lake Jackson’s water supply.

Principal Andrea Ham said it was a terrible freak accident.

“We know that this could have happened to anybody’s child,” Ham said.

Ham said the PTO initially came up with the idea to create a memorial to honor Josiah. Mohrman said they came up with something bigger.

“They (the PTO) were thinking smaller. Ms. Ham and I we’re crazy, and we said let’s go big and try for it,” Mohrman said.

That’s how the vision for a blue, white and orange, Astros-themed playground came about. With the approval of their education foundation, the educators created an online fundraiser with the hopes of raising $65,000 for the playground. As of Thursday morning, the fundraiser had reached $1900. That was until Twila Carter, CEO of The Astros Foundation, walked into the elementary school with a giant check for $65,000.

“When you see someone whose so passionate about baseball at such a young age, and you know, such a sad story to lose a child that young,” Carter said. “It’s the right thing to do, and sometimes you do the right thing.”