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10. What would you do to save your child’s life? If you’re like me, pretty much anything. Little Jazlyn Camargo was diagnosed with a condition that occurs when the liver’s bile duct is blocked or absent soon after she was born. A liver transplant would be the only way to keep her alive. Her father, Eduardo, was a match to be a donor, but he would have to lose 30 pounds and reduce the fatty tissue around his own liver. In less than two months, he achieved that goal by running six miles a day, eating more vegetables and drinking nothing but water. Surgeons then transplanted a third of Eduardo’s liver into Jazlyn. The two are doing just fine now.
9. Most of us are not born with a silver spoon in our mouths. We have to work hard, be humble…and appreciate the kindness of others. Pu Wei wanted to teach his 8-year-old son, Dou Ge, about hardships in life, and the importance of being humble and kind. So they set out on a weeklong trip from their Xi’an, China home with only $15 to see them through. They traveled nearly 400 miles, hitchhiking often and running to strangers who would transport them or offer shelter. And the two gained quite a following during their very important father-son bonding adventure.
8. When you become a father, you take on a huge responsibility. Businessman Mahesh Savani took on an enormous repsponsibility when he became the father figure to 472 fatherless girls, organizing all their weddings and setting them up with gold and silver jewelry, clothes and electonic goods to start a home. He spends about $6,500 on each of his daughter’s wedding. Mahesh gets a whole lot of cards on Father’s Day, and he is definitely one proud daddy.
7. A car wash might seem like a ho-hum job to many, but the one started in Parkland, Florida by father and son team John and Tom D’Eri has employees who are thrilled to do the work. About 80 percent of The Rising Tide Car Wash employees have autism, including John’s other son, Andrew. The car wash, John says, gives many of its employees very purpose-filled lives. He believes the company will grow and find itself with more than 150 autistic workers.
6. When James Hardegree of Covington, Georgia spotted two dogs fighting over a dead carcass in his back yard, he quickly brought in his son, Colton, who was playing outside. But the mischeivous little 2-year-old found his way back outside again and got caught in a 7-foot chain that was dangling from one of the dog’s necks. That dog was a Rottweiler, and it viciouosly started attacking the boy, as did the other dog, a Labrador. James quickly ran outside and pulled his son from the jaws of the dog. Surgery had to be performed on the boy to reattach his left cheek and ear, but had it not been for James, his son would have lost his life.
5. We don’t really know the full story of this next one. But it might actually be a good idea for fathers out there who want to calm their young babies when mom isn’t around. A man is shown in a photo feeding a baby with what appears to be a woman’s face… possibly the face of the baby’s mother… over his own face. It appears the baby is very content and soothed looking at the woman’s face. Good for this dad to come up with this idea. File this under: Gee, I wish I’d thought of that when MY kids were that young.
4. When Brenna Martin graduated from North Johnston High School in Kenly, North Carolina, she received a one-of-a-kind gift from her dad, Bryan. Her father bought the Dr. Seuss Book called Oh, The Places You’ll Go! back when Brenna was in kindergarten, and every year, with each new grade, he secretly went to Brenna’s school and had her teachers, coaches and principals write a little message to her in that book. The messages were spread among the passages in the book. It was 13 years in the making, but he finally revealed the surprise as a high school graduation present. Brenna was brought to tears by her father’s gift, saying “I can’t express how much I love my Dad for this labor of love.” The book costs less than $20, but this particular book, from Dad to Brenna, is priceless.
3. In India, you have to be at least 30 years old to adopt a child. Aditya was only 28, but he was determined to adopt a little boy with Down’s Syndrome and a hole in his heart. He even went as far as the country’s prime minister, and finally, he became the youngest single father to adopt a child. Less than a year later, he got married to a woman who loved him as well as little Avneesh. And their wedding was also special and unique, attended by 10,000 guests, most of whom were homeless or orphaned or elderly… people who had no one else in their lives. Also at the wedding were animals from a nearby zoo and dogs that were considered strays.
2. Nils Pickert of Germany is a very open-minded father, so when his 5-year-old son started wearing dresses and liking to wear dresses, Nils did not discourage him. As a matter of fact, Nils shrugged it off and put on a skirt himself to make his son feel more at ease. Says Nils, “I am one of those fathers who are trying to raise his children with gender equality.” Of course, it even brought a little laughter to the father and son when a man walking the streets was staring at them so intently… that he walked smack dab into street pole.
1. In 1977, Rick Hoyt told his dad that he wanted to participate in a 5-mile benefit run for a lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident. Now, Rick himself was a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy, but his dad, Dick, wasn’t about to let that stop him. So he pushed Rick in his wheelchair the entire way, coming in next to last. Since then, the two have participated in more than a thousand races, including marathons, duathlons and triathlons. They also ran and biked across the U.S., covering 3,735 miles in 45 days. And after all of that, Rick says his biggest wish is this: “The thing I’d most like is for my dad to sit in the chair and I would push him for once.” Well, that’s one wish I think we could all get behind on.
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