In 2015, Scott Park got a taste of internet fame... he went viral for missing a half court shot that could have won him $1Million... had he made it. The journalist who posted the missed shot soon realized he'd missed his mark in giving people someone to joke on.
You see, Scott and Ellen Park dedicated their lives to helping and mentoring the youth of the community. Going above and beyond in many instances to make sure that teens had positive experiences in their lives. Both Scott and Ellen took such joy in encouraging kids to reach for the stars and never give up. In 2009, Scott's health started fading. After numerous tests and doctor visits, he was diagnosed with CAPS, a disease where his blood clots and attacks his organs. He was in desperate need of a new kidney and his friend happily donated him one of his. With the help of the new kidney, about 39 medications, and frequent trips to Johns Hopkins, Scott was able to resume a moderately normal life with his disease kept at bay. Scott knew he would never have the strength to make that shot but he decided to go through with it anyway, to show the kids he mentored that even he never gave up, even knowing the odds, and his health, were stacked against him.
Shortly after his infamous basketball shot, Scott had another setback with his health. He suffered a series of strokes. Doctors soon discovered that his disease had progressed and the medicines were not helping. The strokes were being caused by his disease attacking his brain. After being in a coma, Scott has rebounded some but he's lost the usage of his right arm, lost the ability to walk and has to have 24/7 care. Scott's wife, Ellen has stood by Scott and cared for him through it all. Ellen is now Scott's full time caregiver.
With all the medical bills and time spent on Doctor appointments and general care, there are no funds or time left over to maintain their house. Their house has several repair projects needed so the MRW Foundation is reaching out to the community to rally behind the Parks. The Parks have seen how quickly the internet can catch on to an embarrassing moment and run with it, but we'd like to show them how quickly the internet can be used to care and lift them up.