Paris Klaus Friedemann
11/18/1993 – 1/23/2019
Paris Klaus Friedemann, 25, passed away in KU Medical Center, with his Mother by his side, after a courageous life-long struggle with Cystic Fibrosis. Paris was born on November 18, 1993, in Shawnee Mission Medical Center to Barbara Joy and Corey Friedemann. He leaves behind siblings; Jazmin Nava, Cole Friedemann, Logan Reese, G.R. Pace, Tomiko Kennedy, Dallas Jerde and Taylor Jerde. Other remaining family include his Mom, Barbara Joy Friedemann, Dad Corey Friedemann, Corey’s wife, Bobbie Friedemann, Grandmother, Diane Friedemann, Aunt Grace Gordy, Uncles Stan and Glen Eaton, and cousin Jadagrace Gordy. He was preceded in death by his Uncle, Kurt Friedemann, Grandfather Klaus Friedemann, and maternal Grandparents Parley and Tomiko Eaton.
At the age of three months, Paris was admitted to Children’s Mercy Hospital and diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, or 65 Roses as it is known to kids. Nevertheless, he was a happy boy and he and his older sister, Jazmin, became very close at an early age, getting in mischief together! The Family lived with Grandma Diane for a couple of years and then moved to Olathe where Paris spent the rest of his life. His Mom and Dad separated in 2008, and later divorced, but both remained involved with Paris life.
Before his 2nd Birthday, Paris was admitted to Children’s Mercy for a “CF exacerbation”. While there for his 2nd Birthday, he became acquainted with his Physician of the next 19 years, Dr. Black, and liked to lead this 6’2” man to the “toy room” by his little finger! We had to keep our eye on Dr. Black, as he seemed to want to take Paris home and keep him! Paris had that effect on his Physicians. When at home, he had to take or inhale several medicines for his lungs and be “clapped” by hand twice a day or more to clear them out. His Mom did this mostly, as Corey was working. Also, Paris had to take enzymes to help him digest his food. He could eat anything he wanted with as many calories as possible but seemed to prefer Broccoli and healthy food to sweet things when he was young!
In his Elementary School years at Washington Elementary, Paris found skate-boarding was his sport and banned together with four other guys to form Remix Skate Team. They skated at the Two Trails Skate Park close to their school.
At eight years old, Paris got his second dog, Buddy, which became his best Fur friend for fifteen years.
During these years, he took more responsibility for his medical regimen. Thankfully, his Dad’s union insurance provided a $16,000 piece of equipment with a vibrating vest for his breathing treatments, and covered all the expensive medicine, Medical treatments and Hospitalizations.
He was healthy enough at age 12 to go on a vacation to Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California, Idaho & Wyoming with Jazmin and Grandma Diane. He skated at stops along the way including down the middle of “the Loneliest Hiway in the USA”, hwy 50 in Utah! He went on several other vacations with Family, including Branson, Lake of the Ozarks, and multiple trips to Hollywood to visit his Aunt Grace and cousin, Jadagrace.
Paris was very smart and made good grades despite being out of school often due to illness, or flu virus outbreaks at school. He was in some accelerated classes and went to the high school to take an accelerated class in Japanese when in 8th grade. However, after his Sophomore year, he became too ill to maintain a regular school schedule and tried homebound schooling, and then the step-up program, but lacked a few credits for graduation. Instead, he became an avid reader, having a collection of 300+ books. His favorite authors were Stephen King and George R.R. Martin Also, with the help of his musical parents, he learned to play the guitar and the keyboard. One of his favorite tunes to play on the keyboard was “Right Now” by Van Halen. He would meet friends to play pickup Basketball or Football and skate sometimes. They often came to his house to hang out, and some even seemed to live there!
At 21 he started going to a pulmonologist, Dr. Pollineni, at KU Medical Center. He was in and out of the Hospital more than 10 times over the next four years, with his Mom always there with him, sometimes sleeping in the bed, so Paris could sleep in the chair making it easier to breathe. After a year or so, Dr. Pollineni talked to him about a lung transplant, and described it as trading one disease for another, with very strict regimens of taking medicine that was critical to living. He did more research but turned it down because he “didn’t want to take away the opportunity from someone who might be able to be more disciplined and successful.” Although a sad day for our family, his former physician, Dr. Black, said he made a wise decision, considering the failure rate of transplants after two years. Paris lived over three years after that decision. During this time, he was able to enjoy time also with his Dad, Bobbie, Grandma and Family at gatherings or jammin’ and even took a trip to Branson! He spent many Friday evenings with his nephew, Julian, enjoying video games, movies, or watching Game of Thrones. He also lived to see the birth of five other nephews and nieces, who he loved to come visit him. He would often call Jazmin to come over and just “hang out.” Friends also came to hang out and eat “hot wings” that Mom made and “jam” or play video games. He also got a new puppy that he named Ryu, after a video game character.
Paris’ struggle to breathe ended gracefully, as he had lived, at 6:31 AM on January 23, 2019, with his Mother by his side. In gratitude for his Life, we honor him with this Service today.
Family requests Donations to help his Mother pay for Paris remaining expenses: