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Parker Strong

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Raised by 76 people in 13 months
Created July 7, 2018
Team Parker
on behalf of Paul Browning
Parker Browning is a remarkable little boy that has undergone far too much in his short life.
Parker was diagnosed with infantile spasms at six months old and experienced frequent seizures as an infant and toddler. At approximately 18 months of age he underwent an MRI and was diagnosed with cortical dysplasia, a congenital condition characterized by malformation of cortical development. After failed success to regulate his seizures with medication, he underwent brain surgery in June 2014 in which his right temporal lobe and insula were removed. Angel and Paul Browning explained that their tiny baby would sleep up to 18 hours a days prior to his surgery. Post-surgery Parker learned 300 words in a month! Things were improving, but the road to recovery was a long and hard one. Loss of motor function on his left side was noted post-surgery. Still, you can see this little difference in the way that Parker walks and runs, though it is just another adorably unique Parker trait. Parker underwent countless medication trials to see what helped (many made him very sick). He has also had to endure numerous brain studies, trying for such a small baby and his family.
When we received word that a little boy, with a portion of his brain removed, would be attending Durham Elementary School  it was impossible to know what to expect. What was truly unexpected was that he was extraordinary- charming, adorable, and protective of his peers. Parker is articulate, he will talk for hours about his interests. Forever curious, asking lots of questions. He loves to sing! Recently he stopped story time in the library so that he could stand up and sing to his peers. On the last day of school he told everyone that he would see them, “when I am in first grade!”
Parker enjoyed a wonderful kindergarten year at Durham Elementary School, despite a period in the fall when he was very sick and back in the hospital. On the third of July 2018 Paul Browning informed Parker’s teacher that Parker would be missing the first sixth months of his highly anticipated first grade year, he has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL).

We have set up this Go Fund Me account for this precious little six year old boy, and his family. Truly a personality like no other, impossible to describe without knowing him. He has immediately begun chemotherapy and extremely painful spinal taps. Once again this family is back to its all too familiar fight for Parker. Paul and Angel are staying very positive, they report that the hospital staff love Parker. Jeff, Parker’s favorite nurse, now allows Parker to take his own vital signs!

The family is going to be in Sutter Hospital in Sacramento  for a long while, with numerous trips back and forth. Angel and Paul each have jobs to support their two children. Medical bills will be astronomical, without considering travel, food, missed work, and hotels. In 2009, pediatric cancer hospitalization cost in the United States averaged $40,400, nearly five times higher than hospitalization for any other pediatric condition ($8,100). The greatest costs were for leukemia ($55,700) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma ($46,900)
Every family would do whatever they could to save the life of their precious boy....and the Browning family is no different

We are asking everyone from our close wonderful community and beyond to please donate to help ease the pressures of the extreme financial burden that is sure to come. Let's do our best to help take ONE small thing off their long list of worries.
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Hello everyone! It's been a while since we've updated you all on Parker's journey. It's been a long, difficult road but today was a day to celebrate! Parker spent his first day back at school with us today!! His health has improved enough that he will be finishing the year off in his first grade classroom, and we couldn't be more excited to have him back. His peers were so happy to see their old friend, lots of open armed embraces and smiley faces today. Thank you to all who donated, your generosity did not go unnoticed. I look forward to posting another positive update soon.
- Mr. Tyson
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As Parker enters a new phase of chemo treatment - which he is now receiving at the doctors office instead of the hospital - it's expected his levels will drop, which could ultimately make him to feel sick. I can only imagine the laughs that come from the conversations Parker has with the nurses and doctors during his weekly 45 minute chemo treatments. If anyone could make 45 minutes of chemo seem like a good time, it's Parker.

Since I've known Parker, he's had a unique love for garbage trucks and "the claw" that grabs the bins, which of course are full of "disgusting garbage, yuck!" Last year, Parker was fortunate enough to meet the garbage man who happened to be collecting the garbage from our school one day. Chris, the driver of the truck couldn't help but notice Parker's unusual fascination with his truck. A new friendship was born... Today, Parker got a special visit from his old friend, Chris and several of Recology's garbage trucks! He even got his very own Recology jacket with his name on it. The story made it on the local news! As Paul points out in the news clip, this will be a huge boost to Parker's spirits as he enters his treatment tomorrow. A big thanks to Recology for making this happen and to action news for helping us spread the word about this amazing kiddo.

Parker, keep fighting those "germies" and we'll see you back at school before you know it!
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This is a picture of Parker's first school bus ride, he said "Miss Kristin, I'm really nervous about this." I told him "you got this buddy." On the way back to school after the field trip, Parker says to me, "I got this Miss Kristin. I don't need you to sit with me." Haha.
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Parker is in a neutropenic room controlled for bacteria and germs, due to his very low number of cells called neutrophils. These are cells within your immune system that attack bacteria as they invade your body. A normal person will have 1500, severe is considered 500, yesterday Parker had 384. The scary part about visiting Parker was knowing just how compromised his little immune system is. As we walked from his room toward the play room, carefully, with his Mickey Mouse face mask, and attached to "Mr. Robot," (the machine pumping chemo and blood platelets into his picc line), Parker explained to Mr. Tyson that his fighters were sick, and that he needed protection from the "germies."
Scary, yet here we were with the same boy, so used to this battle for his life.
This video may not seem like much, but this is a game we often played at school, keeping Ms. Megan's little treats a secret from Mr. Tyson..... here we continue to play in the exact same way, but now within a neutropenic play room within the pediatric oncology unit.
"Phew!, that was a close one," is a new Parkerism... as is "don't try this at home kids!"
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Raised by 76 people in 13 months
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