Chae Yang sent the following letter to the editor to TE Patch:
Our family would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who has thought of my father after the heart breaking attack in January. The community support, led by Kim Cuthbert and Stacey Ballard has overwhelmed us. We have attempted to send everyone a short note of appreciation and I hope we have not missed anyone.
My dad and I immigrated to this country more than 37 years ago with 2 suitcases of clothing. Since then, my dad has remained in Philadelphia and it’s suburbs working 6 to 7 days a week to ultimately build what is Yang’s Market. Today, he has no eyesight in his left eye due to the assault; he underwent a difficult and long surgery, which left him with no lens in the eye. We are hopeful that in the coming months or year that the doctors will attempt a cornea graft and possibly transplant a lens for the potential restoring of eyesight. Currently, his treatment is eye drops three times daily and waiting.
Yang’s Market has always been my dad’s life. As such, my dad has started to return to the market 5 to 6 hours a day, four times a week. He takes the train where my husband or I see him off to Berwyn and again meet him on is return or is driven by me. Mark Morroney has stepped up in running the day-to-day operations, as well as, going to the food distribution center in South Philadelphia. We are hopeful that Mark will continue the running of the Market as my dad begins to transition himself away from owning the Market.
We understand that a benefit dinner has been scheduled for March 7th at The Aneu Bistro. My dad will attend with either me or my husband. We look forward to personally thanking the kind community. Since my dad has some time to wait before the next series of operations we would also like to ask the community to conclude their efforts with the benefit dinner. Please do not construe this as being ungrateful in any way. My dad and our culture find it truly very difficult to accept this community support without being able to give something back.
I can say that after all of the medical expenses have been satisfied any remaining donated funds will be forwarded to a victim’s assistance program that covers Berwyn and the surrounding areas.
With Gratitude and Sincerity, Chae Yang Bullock