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Andrew's Army Lives On!
Aug 23, 2012


REST IN PEACE MY SON:

ANDREW PARK FEBRUARY 5,1995-JUNE 30, 2012

Andrew we miss you and we will walk for years in your honor,

helping other along the way! We love you!



This year's Light the Night Walk takes a completely different meaning. Instead of walking with Andrew in support of him being a survivor, we will be walking in memory of him. Instead of a white "survivor" balloon, Andrew's Army will be carrying gold balloons in memory of my beloved son.


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 this past June. But God had other plans. After a Christmas break vacation, 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 start 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. 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!


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 20, 2012 and walk in remembrance of Andrew.


***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.com 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!


xoxo,

Joe Park



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Supporter Comments

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    "Dear Joe and Jen, I wish I had more to give... but seeing all the people reaching out to help you make your goal is heartwarming. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Jennie"
     

    Jennie Reinish

    Fri Aug 24 09:10:31 EDT 2012

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    "Our hearts ache for you, Andrew, but your legacy lives on. We LOVE you!"
     

    The Lippincotts

    Tue Oct 09 11:21:45 EDT 2012

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    "Joe- All the best to you and your family."
     

    Ronald Sklare

    Tue Oct 16 05:23:50 EDT 2012

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    "Joe and Jen - I wish I was able to be there in person to walk with both of you tonight in honor of Andrew. I am very blessed to have met Andrew and got to know him. He will always be in my heart and I know he is very proud of you and will always be looking out for you!"
     

    Jan Kellerman

    Sat Oct 20 12:25:49 EDT 2012

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    "The grace and strength and amazing courage your family has shown has been a true inspiration to so many others. God Bless your family always and Andrew who is enveloped in His arms and watching over you."
     

    The Giammanco Family

    Fri Nov 30 11:50:34 EST 2012

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    "In memory of Andrew Park, whose light will shine bright forever!"
     

    Jennie Janda

    Sun Oct 21 09:27:43 EDT 2012

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    "Congratulations on exceeding your goal! I'm sure Andrew is looking down so proud that he is still continuing to inspire a cure for blood cancer:-) "
     

    Danielle Vickers

    Sat Oct 20 11:51:23 EDT 2012

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    "Great job team "Andrew's Army"" GOAL REACHED!!!"
     

    Cisneros Bros.

    Thu Oct 18 01:44:18 EDT 2012

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    "In honor of Andrew Park. His light lives on!"
     

    Sarah Chai

    Thu Oct 18 12:58:36 EDT 2012

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    "Our Love, Prayers, and Support is with you always and forever. Your Amazing Son, Andrew, has met with our Marvelous Mom, Mary Anne, in Heaven and they are dancing a beautiful dance. They were Warriors in their Leukemia Battles! We miss them today and always...hugs. "
     

    The Arbor Family

    Thu Oct 11 11:17:49 EDT 2012

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    "Miss you Andrew!"
     

    michael Cisneros

    Mon Oct 01 03:59:07 EDT 2012

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    "God bless you for blessing others! Andrew will be right there walking with you."
     

    Angela Park

    Thu Aug 23 10:51:05 EDT 2012

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    "We are thinking of you and your family. We have some great memories with Andrew and our Blast family. Stay strong and we hope this will help towards your cause. No one should have to go through what Andrew did. Take care. Love, the Petrosius Family."
     

    Darla Petrosius

    Tue Oct 30 09:15:10 EDT 2012

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $11,421.00 | Goal: $100.00
 
11421 %

My Team

 
Team Total: $11,786.00 | Goal: $10,000.00

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We are sorry donations are no longer being accepted for this participant for this event.

My Thanks To

The Giammanco Family $500.00
Genevieve Baird $500.00
Grainger $300.00
McDonald's Corporation $250.00
Sarah Chai $250.00
Matt Joyce $250.00
Marie, Jong, Eden, and Ez... $250.00
Christopher Rim $250.00
young uk & young il park $250.00
Ann Brandt $250.00
Steven Lim $250.00
Nellie McCarthy $250.00
The Carras Family $250.00
Stephanie Nevotne $200.00
Jemmifer Delgiudice $150.00
Tracy Anderson $150.00
Jennie Janda $100.00
Jan Kellerman $100.00
Eck Family $100.00
Richard Park & Jeanie Kim $100.00
Stacey Loftus Cohen $100.00
Brian Edelman $100.00
Ronald Sklare $100.00
HEATHER CONCKLIN $100.00
Anonymous $100.00
Robert A Engelking engelk... $100.00
stephanie Silva $100.00
Mike Burr $100.00
Judy Quintero $100.00
Marie McGann $100.00
Seema Kathuria $100.00
James and Kimberly Mercur... $100.00
Kirstin Reveron $100.00
Sarah Pircon and Family $100.00
Mika Cusick $100.00
Jin & Wan Lee $100.00
kris moran $100.00
Bonita Cho $100.00
The Lippincotts $100.00
Tom Kim $100.00
The Quiter Family $100.00
Nina/Robert Winter $100.00
David Choi $100.00
The Levy Family $100.00
Mary Ellen Bull $100.00
The Howson family $100.00
Barbara Thayer $100.00
Michael Matura $100.00
Yesoon Lee $100.00
Eric Maxen $100.00
Albert Park & Jennifer Le... $100.00
Jean Lee $100.00
Eileen & Nick Newlin $100.00
Charlotte Laughton $100.00
LeeAnne Stifflear $100.00
Ruchi Gaur $100.00
Jim and JoEllen Vanek $100.00
PETER AND KATHY KIM $100.00
The Forbes Family $100.00
The Fryzel Family $100.00
Cisneros Bros. $55.00
Darla Petrosius $50.00
The Custardo Family $50.00
Coseglia Family $50.00
Cyndi Fukushima Hashimoto $50.00
Seong Park McGarry $50.00
Michelle Kim $50.00
Mary Ann Parks $50.00
Michael Wojnicki $50.00
Jeanie Kim $50.00
Caterina Balice $50.00
Joseph Kim $50.00
Karen & Justin Choi $50.00
Alyssa Glantz $50.00
michael Cisneros $50.00
Injae Choi $50.00
Peter Cho $50.00
The Gennett Family $50.00
Youna Choi $50.00
Randy and Caryn Stancik $50.00
Shannon Gallo $50.00
Kellie Sipich $50.00
Donna and Mike DE Caigny $50.00
Kelly Oxer $36.00
Aon Foundation $30.00
Kathleen Tirakian $30.00
Claudia Parrillo Parrillo $30.00
Mike & Susan Hahn $30.00
Nancee Biank $30.00
Abel and Julia Quintero $30.00
Laura Scurto $30.00
Timothy Hong $30.00
Bill and Karen Gust $30.00
Kimberly Pena $30.00
Esther Kang $30.00
timothy peraino $30.00
Adam Janes $30.00
JEANNETTE SONG $30.00
shannon Adams $30.00
Julia G $30.00
Cassie and Patrick Lee $30.00
Mike Litton $30.00
Caryn Hertel $25.00
Angela Gatz $25.00
Stephanie Klos $25.00
Mike Radzin $25.00
Kelly Griffin $25.00
Amy Bergseth $25.00
roxanne rachlin $25.00
Joshua Ring $25.00
sue elinski $10.00
Cory Smith $10.00
Jennie Reinish $10.00
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