Sooyoung Reveals Her Father’s Story+Struggle with Retinitis Pigmentosa on Strong Heart + Thanks SSF
The episode ended with the last story ever told on this season of “Strong Heart”, which revolved around Sooyoung’s father and his work to combat retinitis pigmentosa. Sooyoung revealed that after her father was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, he started to research the disease, found that the majority of the information was written in English, and began translating the information. Thus began his activities in the eradication of blindness.
Sooyoung explained that her father still suffers from the disease, which is only progressing more slowly when compared to other patients. She said, “The problem is that funds for research are lacking, so I wanted to help him. But I’m not active on my own, and there’s also the company, so there were a lot of things to consider, and I think he wasn’t able to ask for my help without hesitation. After he found out not too long ago that there is a way to treat it, he officially requested help from our company, and about four of our members (translator’s note: Taeyeon, Tiffany, Sooyoung, and Seohyun) are currently active as ambassadors.”
In August of 2011, Sooyoung was involved in a car accident that left her with a minor injury and unable to perform in Girls’ Generation’s concert’s in Taiwan. She said, “There was a seminar he had to go to in Daejeon, and he asked me if i could come and say a few words, so I said that of course I would. So I was on my way there, but I got in a car accident. Through that accident, I fractured my tailbone, so I couldn’t attend our concert. The accident was a little serious. It made me think that it would have been nice if I could attend the event, and my dad wouldn’t feel so burdened. He was sorry about asking me for help already, so after that, the first thing I thought about was him worrying about this. And, just as I expected, he felt really sorry to me.”
Sooyoung also showed her appreciation to fans of Girls’ Generation who work to help those suffering from retinitis pigmentosa, saying, “International fans collected funds and sent them, and in Korea, our fanclub has their own volunteer group. Whenever there is an event, they do volunteer work, helping those who can’t see, so I would like to take this moment to say thank you all very much.”
Finally, Sooyoung gave a tearful message to her father: “When I was first learning to ride a bicycle, my dad gave me the nickname of ‘little hero’. But I’ve gotten so big now, I’m in the position where I can help him. He thinks I’ve become really big, but I’m still my dad’s youngest daughter and ‘little hero’. My ‘big hero’ is you, dad, so if a little hero and big hero cross, I think a bright world that you see with your heart will come about. I love you, dad.”
On February 10th, we celebrated Sooyoung’s birthday, and she wanted to let international fans know that she was thinking of us as well. It was a very thoughtful and kind gesture, but I was sent this CD and message for international fans from Sooyoung. She really wanted to stress her love and adoration for international fans.
No one told Sooyoung to send this, she insisted herself. After hearing about Soshified’s donation for the Korea Retinitis Pigmentosa Society and our love for her and Girls’ Generation these past 5 years, she wanted to do something as well for us. It’s a very sweet thing that can hopefully brighten everyone’s days!
“To. Soshified (♥) Thanks for ur unconditional Love & Support :) I really appreciate it ♥ – SY”
Let’s continue to work harder in the future to support Girls’ Generation and continue to show them what good international fans can do. They are always thinking of the fans.
Remember to drop Sooyoung a message in her birthday thread.
Special thank you to withsosi.
Source: jamieee805@YouTube.com; Translated by: ch0sshi@soshified; Edited by: bhost909@soshified
legit teared up at the hero part. my god, sooyoung is a freaking angel for that thank you.