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Monday, October 14, 2013

March with us? Andrew's Army Live On!

The final time we walked as Andrew's Army with Andrew:-
Andrew's Army without our departed Andrew.

Dear Friend and Family.

I am writing today to discuss a very important event that is near and dear to my heart: 
The Leukemia Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk to raise money for cancer research and to make cancer patient's lives more comfortable, fighting this insidious disease.  
As many are aware, we started walking as Andrew's Army three years ago, but it was with a heavy heart that we walked last year without Andrew:-(  I was so devastated last year, so much so, I could not walk, but still fundraised.  During the short walk, walkers carry one of three colored balloons:  Red for supporter or a loved one, White for survivor and Gold in memory of a lost loved one.  Well, we walk this year with Gold colored balloons in memory of my Andrew.There are still moments where for an instant, I can't believe he is gone!  But the stark reality is that he has passed away.  

As you know, since Andrew's passing, the journey has been arduous to say the least, but there has been things put in my life to give me a reason to live and press on: my kids, my job at Ogden School and the wonderful children and staff there, my pursuit of a teaching certification, and causes like Light the Night.  With that being said, I am asking you to consider donating whatever you can to the LLS in honor and memory of Andrew.  I am asking for those that are not part of Andrew's Army to join the troop to help a worthy cause.  We have raised over $20,000 the past three years and we hope to add a substantial amount this week, as we walk this Saturday in Grant Park in Chicago.  Furthermore, Andrew has been chosen to be honored by having the V.I.P tent (access is for top individual fundraisers) named after him and the names of top fundraisers are posted prominently in the tent and I thank everyone who has donated in the past!! Wouldn't it be great and apropos to have Andrew's Army on that sign?!?  

I take great pride in honoring my son in tangible ways like the Light the Night.  It not only honors my departed son, but keeps his memory alive.  I must tell you the truth, I worry and get sad that Andrew's memory is fading.  I am downtrodden when life goes on all around me and Andrew's name is slowly fading in people's memories.  Please keep Andrew's memory alive with a donation of any size, it would mean the world to me!

When you get a chance, please goto to my fundraising page,  press here, and read more about the cause.  Won't you be a part of Andrew's Army?

On a sad note,  another alumnus of Hinsdale Central's class of 2013 has been lost: Abbey Bott.  She enrolled at Indiana University this fall.  As I can relate too well with a death of my son, please pray for Abbey's mom and her family she left behind.  Even though I lost a child like Abbey's mom, I can't relate fully what is going on with her.  All I know is that my heart goes out to her as she is mired in immense pain.  Furthermore, not only remember Andrew often, but pray for me and my family as we journey without our son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin.  Hinsdale has lost two shining stars!  

Again, please give whatever you can in memory of Andrew and be a part of Andrew's Army, which has picked up the pieces and marches on.  Just simply press here, to join the ranks!  Thank you from the depths of my heart.  Blessings and peace!

Joe Park
Super Dad in Champion of Andrew's Army
Chief Advocate Superhero for Andrew's Army!