The Chattanooga Track Club

Promoting Running and Fitness in Chattanooga

By John Hunt
Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Richard Park Moving On After Fun & Productive Running Career
Former McCallie Grad Recovering From Recent Medical Issues
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - by John Hunt
It really was nice to see a smiling Richard Park come strolling into the lobby of the downtown YMCA earlier this week.

It’s been a couple of years since the popular fellow has darkened the door of one of his favorite establishments, but it hasn’t been by choice.

You see, Richard was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer in May 2013 called MDS


He had spent four days hiking in the Grand Canyon right before, but had gone for routine blood work before his annual physical and the doctors noticed that his red blood count was extremely low.

He ended up needing a bone marrow transplant, but the folks at Vanderbilt refused to do that for someone over 60, so Richard went to Baltimore and John Hopkins where he spent the better part of three months and became the oldest recipient of a transplant ever.

That’s not the end of his story....

Read more in the Chattanoogan!


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