My dad has always been a role model to me. He’s funny, passionate, and never fails to cheer me up. He taught me how to golf and how to stand up for myself. He’s the most wonderful father a girl could ask for and I wouldn’t trade him for the world.
Throughout his journey we have all tried to be there for him as much as we can. We let him rest when he needed to rest and we sat with him while he underwent chemo treatments. Recently he passed the five-year anniversary of his diagnosis so we threw him a party. It was absolutely amazing see how many people showed up to show their support.
One of the most special moments was surprising him with the five-year survival party. Seeing his face when he saw all of the people that had supported him all the way through made all the careful planning worth it. We were all so thankful that he was there to celebrate with us.
Because of his diagnosis I think I grew up a little faster than I should have. Because my dad was sick and my mom had to take care of him, I had to learn how to be independent. I think it also brought my family together because we all needed to be there to support each other.
My dad is special because he has a wonderful sense of humor and always manages to make everyone around him smile. He is fearless and battled the cancer with everything he had in him – he is one of the bravest people I know.
Thanks for always having the courage to fight and be there for me – I love you. Happy Father’s Day.