saying goodbyeFeb 19, 2020
hey guys welcome back to my channel today's video sucks because cancer sucks i've never made a video like this it's different but i thought it was an important video to make so here we are sadly my Papa Papa Pizza passed away around Christmas. and for those of you who follow me on social media like Twitter and Instagram, you already know this, but I realized that there are many of you who love Papa Pizza who may not be aware and I thought it was important to update you and tell you and I also want to let you know that I was able to take a month off.
It's about a month. I had stockpiled some videos before the holidays and took a month off and flew to different states to help my family. my mom settled in and planned my dad's funeral so i had a month to grieve and really feel all the feelings and the sadness and heal and start that healing process and that's something i just did privately and have done on my own and I just want to say Thank you so many of my friends and family have been so supportive and have only done little things to make this terrible grieving process better and I really appreciate that.
Anyway I'm so sorry to be breaking this news and no this video sucks and it's stinking news but I wanted it to be as positive as possible because that's what my dad would want because that's his energy and who he was as a person and to those of you who are wondering, many people were asking me what happened? I thought this would be a really good time to just sit down and talk to you and tell you that my dad was diagnosed with leukemia about six years ago in 2013 and there are different types of leukemia and he had the aggressive type and we were really worried as a family that neither We wouldn't even spend a year with him because he tried chemotherapy and it didn't do anything it didn't work right now it's at the same time as a new drug that was approved by the FDA that by 40% of the people taking in my dad's position was effective and to my dad he gave us six more years with him that we wouldn't have had and I wrote a list of all the things that we've done over the last six years that wouldn't have happened without this new medication and I just wanted to share some of those things with all of you because those are the things i really appreciate and am very thankful for because of the new medication my dad got me to walk with my sister. down the aisle at their wedding we got to go on lots of fun family vacations we went to hawaii when the year we even did christmas in hawaii not just vacations but we got to spend a lot of time together because for half the year my mom and dad moved here with me here in California so we live under one roof and we play tons of Romek but I don't know if you know that game but that was one of my dad's favorite board games. celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with my mom we have been married for 43 years but they celebrated their 40th here actually in this backyard house my sister and I went all out and recreated their original wedding , we even recreated his ugly wedding cake and it was a big joke because it wasn't the cake. they ordered that we recreate the disaster cake and we had music delicious food all his close friends and family and my dad told us several times that that day the 40th wedding anniversary was one of the best days of his life he had so much fun he even improvised and play music with your friends.
Losing my dad was hard for me because I love him and I miss him, but seeing my mom miss him was one of the hardest things because they were so happily married for 43 years and they were just this example of what a happy couple looks like. and healthy - they loved each other so much and were so different but really respected each other's differences and they weren't perfect but kept close thinking it's a mix of happy and sad but really thankful they had each other for so many years it's so rare that you meet someone who is so good to you because my mom said she's been with him longer than she's been single and alive so that's just beautiful one of the last things I want to mention is that he became a grandfather for the first time.
I'm so thankful that that happened, the baby, Grayson had to have a great-grandfather. Dad, pizza got him interested. cooking, he began to teach baby Grayson that cleaning the house was fun and cool. He taught Swiffer and now baby Grayson likes to help. He likes to help mom sweat around the house and Papa Pizza was able to share music with him. him on his mandolin our guitar some children's songs and even made up songs for the baby Grayson just plays and plays music for him he's gone Oh all the king's horses these memories are so special but they're also the hardest to see 'cause you're fresh my dad was playing music for baby gray just a few days before he passed so those are the hardest right now but there are also such beautiful memories that i want to share with baby grayson and i want him to remember for the rest of his life that his grandfather loved him very much and i tried to teach him about the things he enjoyed my dad worked in the aerospace industry his whole life but his hobbies were being a lover of nature and music he played all musical instruments even drums but everyone in my family agrees drums weren't for my dad he's definitely a string guy my dad enjoyed all kinds of music but or he really loved blues bluegrass jazz but he introduced me and Molly to almost everything that's how I grew up listening to classical opera and country even hip-hop pop music and I know my folk music so he always told me that good music is just music that it makes you feel something and it really doesn't matter what genre it's fun he even traveled to hawaii more than 20 times to go to google ailey festivals and concerts he even loved hawaiian music and now everytime i travel to hawaii i just I think about my dad, it's a really special place and it makes me want to go to some festivals, basically something I wanted to share. it's after my father passed away he wrote some words of wisdom and i thought that was very positive and he and it's something i really wanted to share with you. all these are papa pizzas words of wisdom surround yourself with people who have a positive attitude. sway your passions and always play with musicians who are better than you which was easy enough in my case well maybe on the drone we'll all give Molly and I some advice he said if anyone ever got sneered from you, they bullied you for being short. just tell him to eat, we also found out that he gave that advice to baby Grayson now, I don't think baby Grayson fully understood it, but baby Grayson might be short like me and my sister, so he also got that advice we found. it was me After so many of you have been so wonderful and ask if there's anything you can do and I tried to think of something that would be really positive and I thought about the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society LLS, it's a charity that my sister and I started getting involved as soon as we found out our father was diagnosed with leukemia, their mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma and Hodgkin's disease, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.
LLS funds research into many different types of blood cancer including leukemia if you are interested in donating you can go to donate LLS org and on their website also put a link to their website if you go to their website there is a big red donation button in the corner and you click that and you have predetermined amounts but you can click another and then you can type whatever amount you want you can donate $1 you can donate $3 or ten million dollars if we have billionaires watching this channel feel free to donate 1 dollar bill ion but i thought it would be something really special and positive to come out of something so sad and if you can't donate you can share the link to raise awareness.
The LLS website has a lot of good information. excellent resource for anyone dealing with these blood cancers or their families or anyone affected by them. I found it very helpful and just wanted to raise awareness and share that with all of you and give you an update on what's going on in my life and with my family I'm going to have some fun this year and dads honor my dad taught me how to work hard and play hard and i think it's time we start having a lot of fun i say this like me i'm crying but because it's really realizing how short life is and how much i really want to live everyday to the fullest and stuff it's what I'm going to do.
I love you, thank you for watching the video and thank you. for being there for me and showing my dad so much love for you The years I can't even tell you how excited he would get when I was running errands or was with my mom at dinner and you guys were like oh my gosh are you dad Pizza? It just brought him so much joy. and he gets so excited he says yes it's me it's Papa pizza he was the cutest and I can't thank you enough for being so good to him while he was so sick he means the world to me you guys mean the world to me and I promise that the next video won't be so sad ok i love you bye you know how they taste when you're in love someone has a pizza it looks like the blob but these are personal pizzas yeah and i I personally will eat them all, dad.
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