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Sometimes life comes at you so fast, you might not realize that real-life heroes live among us. We wanted to take a moment to tell you about one of them in the Green White family. His name is Aaron Parks.
Sebastian Parks, GW player for U13 boys, has been part of the club since 2015. Aaron is his father. What did Aaron do last weekend? He completed the Chicago Marathon...just four weeks after donating his kidney to his sister-in-law (his wife, Denise’s, sister), Lori Goelz.
Lori was informed that her first donated kidney was failing, and she would need another transplant. Aaron was determined to be the best choice and surgery was scheduled September 6, 2018 . The surgery went according to plan. Aaron was released from the hospital the next day and he returned to work 4 days later, but the thing he was really working for and looking forward to was running in the Chicago Marathon. Naturally, his hopes of doing so looked grim after the surgery.
On October 5, 2018, two days before the marathon, Aaron and Lori attended a dinner with other Team Kidney runners. Another living donor, Megan Craig (who also works for the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois), had signed up to run, but was nervous about running because an early injury cut her training short. Aaron and Megan decided to run together and agreed that they would stop as soon as they started to feel they might risk injury. Another Team Kidney runner, a nephrologist from California, gave them advice on how to stay hydrated and advised that they should start off with an easy, slow pace.
On the day of the marathon, Aaron and Megan started with low expectations, as family and friends cheered them on. As the first miles went by, they realized that finishing might actually be a possibility. At around mile 16, they calculated that they could finish if they walked the remaining distance at a 15 minute mile pace, mixed with a few short periods of running.
Turns out, they could do it! Only four weeks after donating his kidney, Aaron completed the Chicago Marathon with a time of 5 hours, 55 minutes. Aaron, your Green White family salutes Aaron on this incredible accomplishment!
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Below links are NOT the entire schedule. It is just the closest upcoming games.
After three years in a row of coming oh so close to the state President’s Cup title, this year the Green White 18U Girls were granted an at-large bid to represent Illinois in the regional version of the President’s Cup in Cincinnati. They took full advantage of the opportunity, and qualified for the national version of the Cup--an incredible achievement. But they weren’t done yet.
In the U.S. Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup 18U division at Grand Park Sports Complex in Westfield, IN in July, Green White went 1-1-1 in the preliminary games against teams from Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Idaho, and qualified for the national final.
The dramatic final was a rematch with the Sting Timbers from Idaho--a team they had lost to the day before, but this time Green White triumphed, with an incredibly exciting 1-0 win after a goal in the 68th minute by Dylan Van Fleet (Maine West).
It was an emotional journey for the girls. Earlier in the year they had lost their team manager Joe Welk, and had dedicated their season to him. He was certainly watching from above as the girls and coach Jay Bulev hoisted the National President’s Cup!
Team Members: Ashley Adams, Michaela Donohue, Lilianna Duckmann, Mackenzie Folkers, Melissa Gomez, Claudia Kadzielawa, Sarah Magnoni, Greta Martin, Alexa Mitka, Vanessa Reyes, Maddie Roppel, Lauryn Schneider, Kristin Schneider, Kristina Suto, Isabelle Suto, Natalie Trytko, Marissa Valentini, Dylan Van Fleet, Ashley Welk
Reigning NATIONAL CHAMPIONS in the President's Cup
The Illinois Youth Soccer 5-Star Competitive Club Recognition
will be awarded to an Illinois Youth Soccer Member Competitive Club that promotes Illinois Youth Soccer programs, coaching education, referee development, risk management, parent education and sideline behavior.
Green White has been a partner with the Mount Prospect Park District for more than 30 years.
Reigning STATE CUP Champions in the U48 division
US Youth Soccer Region II 5-Star Recognition Award
The US Youth Soccer Region II 5-Star Recognition is awarded to a US Youth Soccer member recreational program that promotes coaching education, referee development, goal safety, kid safety, and positive sideline behavior.