When a fan decked out in 49ers gear appeared at the massive Seahawks' Super Bowl parade, he earned himself plenty of attention on social media.
— Jay Adams (@CAVEmagJay) February 5, 2014
Among those who took notice was Catherine Tate, president of Ladies of the Empire, a 49ers booster club. Tate wanted to reward the young man's bravery and loyalty by inviting him to the Seahawks-49ers game next season at the new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. She had a front-row, 50-yard line ticket for him. Tate created an account on GoFundMe.com, so other 49ers fans could help pay for his trip from Seattle to the Bay Area.
That's when the story took a twist.
It turns out the fan is a 15-year-old homeless boy named Ronnie Andrews. He lives in a shelter and is a ward of the state, which means he might not be able to travel to California until he is 18.
In the meantime, 49ers and Seahawks fans alike have helped raise more than $26,000 for Andrews, and Tate wrote over the weekend on GoFundMe.com that the funds will not go to waste:
On Monday, she had an update with more good news:
KING News in Seattle landed an interview with Andrews: