4:33 pm - 02/12/2013

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!


It reads:

“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.

-Soy


Source: jamieee805@YouTube.comTranslated by: ch0sshi@soshifiedEdited by: bhost909@soshified

legit teared up at the hero part. my god, sooyoung is a freaking angel for that thank you.
drfaith101 13th-Feb-2013 01:48 am (UTC)
She is so sweet <3
charlotterhys 13th-Feb-2013 01:55 am (UTC)
Aww. ;-; I picked a quality favorite to have.
hellodee16 13th-Feb-2013 01:58 am (UTC)
that's really unfortunate for sooyoung's dad. :(
but he's got such a wonderful daughter to love and support him.
Choi family fighting~!
carmine_pink 13th-Feb-2013 02:11 am (UTC)
Too precious ;_;
ababobaby 13th-Feb-2013 02:18 am (UTC)
tearing up
achan123 13th-Feb-2013 02:26 am (UTC)
she just continues to climb up my bias chart... :]
unicornios 13th-Feb-2013 02:37 am (UTC)
Oh man, I legit teared up :'(
She seems like such a nice girl.


Anyone know where I can watch this subbed?
Also Jessica, let me steal your clothes.

Edited at 2013-02-13 02:40 am (UTC)
anconeous 13th-Feb-2013 02:59 am (UTC)
Soshisubs will probably sub this and release it soon. I think. They've pretty fast with their subbing this round of promotions. :)
unicornios 13th-Feb-2013 03:23 am (UTC)
Thank you :D
aeries_amethyst 13th-Feb-2013 03:34 am (UTC)
Oh Sooyoung, my kind-hearted goddess bias come here let me hug you!!! T__T Legit sobbed whilst reading this *cries*
jorge_callas 13th-Feb-2013 04:01 am (UTC)
she sounds like a great girl. her dad is a hero
b1gay4 13th-Feb-2013 04:02 am (UTC)
i really love this girl
b1gay4 13th-Feb-2013 04:03 am (UTC)
Taeyeon, Tiffany, Sooyoung, and Seohyun) are currently active as ambassadors.”
i feel like i should be side-eyeing the other members 4 this tbh
yunchunnified 13th-Feb-2013 04:35 am (UTC)
That's my girl!!! :)))) i know i picked the most perfect bias of all~
_clochette_ 13th-Feb-2013 05:34 am (UTC)
degenerative eye conditions like this that cause blindness are so sad and really hard to deal with, a lot of people in my family are affected. they are really underfunded everywhere too I think because people don't realise how prevalent and destructive they can really be. I hope sooyoung's father's condition progresses slowly, and good for her for raising awareness.
umi 14th-Feb-2013 03:17 am (UTC)
My mother has a degenerative eye disease similar to retinitis pigmentosa so I can certainly relate to you and to Sooyoung. It's not like being born blind* - they used to be able to see, and have had to live through the gradual deterioration of their eyesight, and the increasing dependency on other people to do things you used to be able to do before (eg: drive places, read mail, even find items you've misplaced).

I love that Sooyoung is bringing awareness to an issue that people often overlook.

(*Not to say that it's easy for people who are born blind either by any means.)
jae_bias_bitch 13th-Feb-2013 06:25 am (UTC)
everytime i saw her, she's just getting prettier and prettier

Edited at 2013-02-13 06:26 am (UTC)
xblackchristmas 13th-Feb-2013 07:07 am (UTC)
and has now gained my respect as being my most favorite member from snsd. loved her ever since i found out what her personality is like
eishastan 13th-Feb-2013 07:15 am (UTC)
This is so sweet, i hope her dad gets better soon and i can't wait to watch this episode with subs!
anconeous 13th-Feb-2013 07:37 am (UTC)
OT but I've been watching her drama "3rd Hospital" these past few days and she's done so well in it. She should really pursue acting and go for more acting gigs. Best actress in Soshi, TBH.
shocko_o 13th-Feb-2013 07:56 am (UTC)
this. i think she has a sense for acting along with hosting, but we've only got to see so few of her acting.
dirtybeauty 13th-Feb-2013 11:19 am (UTC)
The word for her father are just so sweet that my eyes filled with tears without noticing
a_cheshire_grin 13th-Feb-2013 11:29 am (UTC)
This gif is breaking my heart! *let me hug you sooyoung*
;_________;
And the message to her father is very sweet! <33

Sending us (I'm a proud member of SSF! ^.^) this CD, was one of the nicest things ever! Thank you, Sooyoung! <3

Edited at 2013-02-13 11:30 am (UTC)
chibiyunie 14th-Feb-2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
That CD was so precious <3
kamoteatmani 13th-Feb-2013 03:20 pm (UTC)
I DON'T KNOW WHO MY BIAS IS ANYMORE I THINK I STAN EVERYONE ON SNSD NOW EVERYONE IS JUST SO PRECIOUS AND UGHHHHHH
jewelia13 13th-Feb-2013 08:37 pm (UTC)
Er... I thought everyone knew this?

"On the 14th of April (2012), SNSD's Taeyeon, Tiffany, Seohyun and Sooyoung attended their appointment ceremony as the Ambassadors of Korea Retinitis Pigmentosa Society to help their campaign to help cure blindness. In addition to that, Sooyoung's father who has problems with his eyesight, is the President of the association."

...sorry, that sounded way less weirder in my head, I swear! >.<

There's a REASON this girl is my ultimate bias. xoxo


Edited at 2013-02-13 08:38 pm (UTC)
yunde 13th-Feb-2013 11:55 pm (UTC)
ugh, i love everyone in snsd so much. they're all really sweet. ;~;
bumie 14th-Feb-2013 08:45 am (UTC)
my queeen ;_;
chibiyunie 14th-Feb-2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
My god, this seriously touched me when I read it on my tumblr dash ;_;

My bias is so amazing and flawless, this girl never stops to make me love her more every day <3

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