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Having my my dad as my father has been the greatest thing I've known in life! My dad raised me by himself and has single-handedly shown me what it means to be a man of integrity and what it means to put yourself last and your child first. My dad sacrificed so much and did so without hesitation while I was growing up to give me the things that he never had. ...

In the last six years, my dad has had esophagus cancer, kidney cancer (had to have a kidney removed), went through weeks of chemo and radiation and treatment. He was given only a 50/50 chance of surviving his esophagus surgery, was in a coma for 21 days after that and was told by one doctor that if he did survive that he would be dead in two years anyways! That doctor was wrong! He then developed prostate cancer and had a heart attack. And as of this very week, he may be facing a new battle with lung cancer. But the man is a survivor and strong and has no plans on giving up anytime soon!

I want the world to know what a great man he is and that I owe everything to him! I want him to know that no matter what happens, I will always be there for him and that I say a thank you every day for having him as my dad. He is the bravest, most loving father any man could be, and I hope if I have children [that I] follow in his path! He taught me so many things, including that a father's love and time is what children need and want more than anything. He gave both of those things and more, and for that I will be forever grateful!

Bobby, Normal, Illinois
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