Running, jumping and catching are all abilities athletes can take for granted. However, all the talent in the world is worthless without heart.
Craig Inks 9-year-old son, Parker, is living with muscular dystrophy, a disease that weakens the body's muscles. Yet, in Parker's case, it has sharpened his mind.
During the regular season, Parker is the ball boy for Fremont St. Joe's football team. Head coach Todd Drusback recruited him from his wife's third-grade class.
Parker was then promoted to delivering the pre-game speeches. "I mean to tell you I've heard a bunch of them and there's no better ones that are more powerful than Parker's," says Drusback.
Minutes before they took the field Friday night, Parker addressed the team.
"That's one of the very very few subjects that get me choked up is Parker," says Craig Inks.
This past March, on three separate occassions, viral pneumonia and a collapsed lung nearly took Parker's life. "He's a fighter, I can't tell you how much he can fight. You look at these football players and in some senses he's so much tougher than the big strong guys," says Craig.
As for Parker, the future fourth-grader continues to inspire those around him.
"Never try to teach a pig to sing, it's a waste of time and it'll annoy the pig," says Parker. Which translates to, "don't let what you can't do interfere with what you can do."If anyone is interested in donating to Parker's Purpose or know of people in need please contact Parker's Purpose at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 419-334-7275. You may also send mail to: Parker's Purpose, 1056 Hazel St., Fremont, OH 43420.
Checks can be made out to Parker's Purpose. For additional information on the foundation and upcoming fundraising events go to www.parkerspurpose.com