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ANDREW'S ARMY MARCHES ON!!!
Sep 22, 2013


OUR HERO! ANDREW PARK 1995-2012


It's hard to believe I lost my beloved Andrew over a year ago! And I can't believe this is our fourth year walking in the Light the Night Walk and this will be our second walk without my son. Life has been hell at times and I miss him so much it hurts at times, but I have had better days than bad and I am grateful. Thinking about walking without Andrew is painful, but Andrew's Army will march to honor him by not only walking, but to raise funds to help fight this terrible disease!


For those that don't know Andrew's journey, Andrew's valiant and courageous battle began in March of 2009 when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. After an arduous journey of treatment, surgeries, and other hospitalizations, Andrew was supposed to go into long-term care in June 2012. but God had other plans. After Christmas break vacation of 2011, Andrew developed pneumonia and a cursory blood test revealed abnormal blood results. After a bone marrow biopsy, the dreaded news of relapse hit Andrew and our family. The relapse necessitated a bone marrow transplant, but first Andrew needed to eradicate the cancer immediately and started chemo right away. Andrew indeed went into remission, had several miracles along the way and found a bone marrow match. Andrew received his donor cells in mid may. Shortly after, Andrew encountered complications from the bone marrow transplant, which lead him to the intensive care unit at the end of May to never regain full consciousness. Our beloved Andrew passed away to go onto his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 30, 2012 surrounded by a mass of family and friends who loved him dearly. For more details of his brave and courageous battle, please goto Andrew's blog site, press here.


He left a legacy of love and his infectious smile changed so many lives. He let his "little light" shine. It's amazing the testimonies of how profoundly Andrew's life and legacy has impacted people. And Andrew still has an impact today! Far more reaching than we could ever imagined. In his short 17 years on the earth, he led a "full" life and we are so blessed to have had him in our lives. I am so proud as a father Andrew gave so much to others.


With that being said, I am asking you all to consider donating in Andrew's honor and to join Andrew's Army, whether to donate or walk or both, and give to an organization to help find a cure and kick cancer's ass (sorry, best way to put it). Our Andrew may have died, but I know the contributions you give can make a huge impact in helping other's out who are battling this horrendous disease. I have been around pediatric cancer patients the past three years and I absolutely hate what this disease does. Please help in possibly helping these innocent victims of cancer and others who are battling valiantly. I pray for a world without cancer!


To add a somber note, Jennifer's brother-in-law (Jennifer's sister's husband) was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma a few months ago and is undergoing treatment as I write. Please pray for healing and for his family. Leukemia and Lymphoma has hit far too close in the Park Family and we want to do anything we can to make sure this terrible disease finds a cure or at the very least make lives affected a bit easier. Your contributions will help!


In this journey with my son, I have been so blessed to have met such great people, whether it has been healthcare providers, patients, patient’s families, etc. After Andrew’s death the outpouring of support whether prayer, encouragement, hugs or monetarily was so overwhelming and the behalf of the Park Family, thank you again. I pray you would raise awareness and spread the word about Light the Night, The Leukemia Lymphoma Society and Andrew’s testimony. Spread the word and give whatever you can. I am also inviting you all to walk with Andrew’s Army in the Light the Night Walk, Saturday October 19, 2013 in Grant Park Chicago, in remembrance of Andrew. This is not just a fundraiser, but a vechicle to possibly save a life. It wasn't meant to be for Andrew, but we sure can help those who need it now and in the future!


***Although Andrew's bone marrow transplant did not succeed, there is a huge need for bone marrow donors! You can make a difference. Please register to be a bone marrow donor. You can possiblly save a life by taking literally minutes in a ridiculously easy process. Please goto Bethematch.org to start the process, press here.


Here is some more info on the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, provided by the LLS:


Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual fundraising walk to pay tribute and bring hope to people battling cancer. Hundreds of thousands of participants raise funds for lifesaving research and patient services.

For more than 60 years, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has been solely focused on people with blood cancers. Presently, we have more than $250 million committed to research across the United States and in ten other countries. Every dollar is provided by concerned donors. We invest in the best, outcome based science:

Anywhere, with no geographic or institutional boundaries

Without profit incentive

To meet unmet Medicare needs of people with blood cancers

And LLS funded advances are helping patients beyond those for whom they were originally developed, including people with solid tumors and auto-immune diseases. In the past decade, nearly 50% (19 out of 39) of the cancer drugs approved by the FDA were approved as treatments for blood cancer patients. Twelve are already approved for people beyond those for whom they were first developed. With your help, we are saving lives.

A donation of $30 provides patients and their loved ones with FREE booklets that contain up-to-date information on their disease and help them make informed decisions about their treatment options.

A donation of $50 makes possible a Family Support group with a trained facilitator where comfort can be found and experiences can be shared among patients and family members.

A donation of $100 helps supply laboratory researchers with supplies and materials critical to carrying out their search for cures.

A donation of $1,000 makes possible one- on-one conversations with health care specialists who provide patients with information about their disease, treatment options, and helps prepare them with questions for their health care team.

Please join our team's effort today by registering to walk or by making a donation. Your participation in the Light The Night Walk will help save lives. Be sure to check our team Web site frequently to see our progress, and thanks for your support!


I know the team goal is rather lofty, but I believe we can raise this amount and let our "little light shine". Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Also, if you would like to look at the blog I kept during Andrew's valiant fight and I have written in after his death, please goto Andrewsfightonestepatatime.blogspot.org. Press here


xoxo,

Joe Park: Team Captain and most of all Andrew's Father Forever!

The last walk we had with our hero: Andrew Park (1995-2012)


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Supporter Comments

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    "Best of luck to all of you with the walk!"
     

    The Thayer Family

    Sat Sep 28 11:14:45 EDT 2013

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    "In honor of the memory of Andrew Park, a light that went out way too soon. "
     

    The Engelking Family

    Tue Sep 24 10:13:00 EDT 2013

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    "In honor of Andrew Park and his family, the Anderson Family, Tracy, Ray, Cameron, Griffin & Spencer "
     

    Tracy Anderson

    Tue Sep 24 09:48:46 EDT 2013

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    "Joe, I think of you and your family often...remembering having Andrew in class and sad when your family moved out of district. Then, ten years later, to run into your wonderful family again in the halls at HC during freshman registration! What a twist of fate that Andrew and my daughter, Hanna would get to know each other so many years later at Hinsdale Central! His smile was contagious and his friendship was a gift to many! Thanks for keeping Andrew's memory alive....prayers and hugs! Laura Scurto (Andrew's first grade teacher)"
     

    Laura Scurto

    Sun Sep 22 09:00:16 EDT 2013

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    "We miss you buddy! Go team Andrew!"
     

    Penny and Pepper

    Sat Oct 19 11:27:22 EDT 2013

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    "May Andrew's memory live on and his light shine bright always!"
     

    Jeanine Mosher

    Fri Oct 18 06:18:07 EDT 2013

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    "Love and prayers to the Park Family from your friends the Matura Family"
     

    The Matura Family

    Fri Oct 18 02:45:04 EDT 2013

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    "God's peace be with you and your family."
     

    Mary Francis Huetteman

    Thu Oct 17 09:16:14 EDT 2013

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    "Someone has to make a change. Keep it going!"
     

    Missy Kanter

    Wed Oct 16 11:11:46 EDT 2013

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    "Joe - Continue to keep the strength! You continue to amaze! Best of luck with your continued efforts and glad to support! Joshua "
     

    Joshua Ring

    Wed Oct 16 01:12:29 EDT 2013

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    "Always thinking of you guys! "
     

    Stephanie and Greg Klos

    Tue Oct 15 11:16:51 EDT 2013

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    "In honor of Andrew Park and family. God bless. Cassie, Patrick, Ethan and Elise Lee"
     

    Cassie and Patrick Lee

    Tue Oct 15 10:14:55 EDT 2013

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    "Andrew will always be in our hearts!"
     

    Donna DeCaigny

    Tue Oct 15 01:41:16 EDT 2013

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    "Andrew's beautiful life is not forgotten. Your blog has touched us and continues to keep him alive in our hearts. "
     

    The Beckett Family

    Tue Oct 15 01:02:34 EDT 2013

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    "We know you are at peace and an angel with God."
     

    Jennfer Del Giudice

    Tue Oct 15 10:29:31 EDT 2013

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    "God bless you Andrew, Joe, and family. "
     

    Deborah LeGare

    Mon Oct 14 03:18:08 EDT 2013

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    "Andrew will never be forgotten."
     

    Stephanie Park

    Mon Oct 14 02:17:23 EDT 2013

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    "Our continued prayers are with the Park family and Andrew's Army!"
     

    TIM PERAINO

    Mon Oct 14 12:34:01 EDT 2013

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    "I pray that there is a cure for all types of Leukemia. Unfortunately, it was 4 years ago this fall that we lost Mary Anne (Mike's Mom) to AML 1. I'm sure that she, along with Andrew, will be guiding you and the ARMY. Our thoughts and prayers will continue for your family today and always. xxo"
     

    The Arbor Family

    Sun Oct 13 10:51:45 EDT 2013

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    "Joe, I am always deeply sorry and at a loss for words when it comes to Andrew. I remember holding him when he was just a baby. I pray God will give you the peace which only He can give. Please let me know if there is ever anything I can do for you."
     

    Jong, Marie, Eden and Ezra Lee

    Sun Oct 13 10:43:22 EDT 2013

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    "Thank You for keeping the cause alive. The Carras Family"
     

    Jim Carras

    Sun Oct 13 09:24:45 EDT 2013

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    "In memory of loving Andrew"
     

    Yesoon Lee

    Thu Oct 10 11:27:54 EDT 2013

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    "You are a brave and loving family!"
     

    Anonymous

    Tue Oct 01 12:49:20 EDT 2013

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    "Best of luck in your fundraising efforts, Park Family! May Andrew's memory live on forever."
     

    Anna Yi

    Mon Sep 30 08:51:16 EDT 2013

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    "God Bless"
     

    Chung family

    Mon Sep 30 06:02:35 EDT 2013

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    "You have touched so many Andrew Park. God bless the Park family. Xox The Morans"
     

    Kris Moran

    Mon Sep 30 03:26:58 EDT 2013

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    "Andrew was an inspiration to all of us!"
     

    The Bareck Family

    Sat Sep 28 10:59:36 EDT 2013

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    "Andrew a big hitter with the biggest heart! The Maloney Family "
     

    Jamie Maloney

    Thu Sep 26 12:14:42 EDT 2013

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    "Keep Marching!"
     

    H Rothenberg

    Wed Sep 25 10:40:55 EDT 2013

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    "until we see sweet sweet Andrew again...May God's comfort & peace be with your family - ko family"
     

    Jennifer Ko

    Tue Sep 24 11:11:27 EDT 2013

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    "What a great way to honor your son. We are truly lucky to have you at Ogden! "
     

    Jennifer Meeker

    Sun Sep 22 10:09:17 EDT 2013

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    "We love you, Andrew! With all of our hearts and love, your Virginia family. Uncle Larry, Auntie Pam, Nathan, Olivia, Abby and baby William. "
     

    Pam Lippincott

    Fri Oct 18 05:53:10 EDT 2013

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    "Thinking of your family. Marena"
     

    Marena Sabo

    Fri Oct 18 04:32:38 EDT 2013

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    "We love you more than words can say."
     

    Jeanie and Andy Kim

    Sun Oct 06 11:32:10 EDT 2013

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $7,244.02 | Goal: $8,000.00
 
91 %

My Team

 
Team Total: $7,740.00 | Goal: $10,000.00

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My Thanks To

Megan Bowers $500.00
The Bareck Family $500.00
john irwin $250.00
Jong, Marie, Eden and Ezr... $250.00
Jim Carras $250.00
Sunny Park and David Myer... $100.00
Don and Caroline Kim $100.00
Albert L Park and Jennife... $100.00
Mary Francis Huetteman $100.00
Stephanie Nevotne $100.00
Jennfer Del Giudice $100.00
Jean Lee $100.00
Yesoon Lee $100.00
The Pircon Family $100.00
Eric Maxen $100.00
Kris Moran $100.00
The Vanek Family $100.00
Brian Edelman $100.00
Jamie Maloney $100.00
Young Il Park $100.00
H Rothenberg $100.00
Mike Cisneros $100.00
Jennifer Ko $100.00
Claudia Parrillo $100.00
Penny and Pepper $50.00
Susanna and Greg Donnelly $50.00
Gail Mandel $50.00
Brooke O'Grady $50.00
Cathy & Joe Balice $50.00
The Beckett Family $50.00
Nancee Biank $50.00
Deborah LeGare $50.00
Angela Corso Gatz $50.00
The Sturms Family $50.00
Bonita Cho $50.00
Anna Yi $50.00
Mika Cusick $50.00
Judy Quintero $50.00
The Thayer Family $50.00
The Cho Family $50.00
The Engelking Family $50.00
Tracy Anderson $50.00
Jennifer Meeker $50.00
Jeremy Hoffman $30.00
Missy Kanter $30.00
Stephanie and Greg Klos $30.00
Cassie and Patrick Lee $30.00
Alyssa Glantz $30.00
Anonymous $30.00
Kellie Sipich $30.00
Michael Pomaro $30.00
Laura Scurto $30.00
Tara Petersen $25.00
Jeanine Mosher $25.00
The Fiedler Family $25.00
roxanne rachlin $25.00
Faye Hansen $25.00
Vanessa Robertson $25.00
Paula Ciardelli  
Pam Lippincott  
Marena Sabo  
The Matura Family  
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The Chang Family  
Injae Choi  
Mark Levy  
Natalie McGann  
Kirie Reveron  
Joshua Ring  
Kim Colwyn (White)  
The Hutten Family  
Shannon Adams  
Jennie Reinish  
Donna DeCaigny  
Stephanie Park  
TIM PERAINO  
Kelly Cotton  
The Arbor Family  
Jin and Wan Lee  
Jeanie and Andy Kim  
Charley & Christine Lee  
robyn eck  
Chung family  
Lynn Bernson  
Ken & Lydia Ha  
Noah Lawrence  
Ellen Liljeberg