Parker was Katie’s friend. Even if it was brief in time, she thought he was sweet. Whenever I talked about Parker, she would smile. She sent him a funny video once, he responded with another funny video. From then on, they were forever friends. He loves Legos like she did. Our first introduction to Parker was so touching. He was very shy, he wouldn’t even look up at us when his mom and dad carried him into the restaurant. (thank you steroids) I said, “Katie, give him his gift…” (which she picked out). So Katie walked a big bag over to him, he looked in the bag, dad pulled out some Legos, he looked at Katie and for the first time smiled, than looked back at the Legos and smiled even bigger, and he played with his Legos the entire meal as us parents discussed the horror of this diagnosis, and the fight we both had in the near future.
I will always hold a special place in my heart for Parker and his family. Parker’s family owns a belief in their heart, which is very similar to ours, that transparency is key in this fight. Just read their stories, they are so heartfelt. Private conversations indiscretion are why our children were given a 0% survival rate. It’s why no one has heard of it, including us, until their affected intimately. We’re all in this together. It could be any of us next.
Please follow Hope for Parker, and walk this journey with Mark and Jennifer, supporting them. We are hoping that he, Parker’, is the one. He is so tough, and I believe he is going to make a huge difference, just as Katherine has.
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