When Dana Canedy met Charles King, she says he wasn't her type at all. "But he had the kindest heart and the kindest spirit of anybody I'd ever met," she says. The two fell in love and decided to have a baby. During Dana's pregnancy, Charles, a soldier, was deployed to Iraq. Six months after Dana gave birth to their son, Jordan, Charles was given two weeks' leave to see his new family. "It was a very full two weeks. He fed him, he changed his diaper, he played with him, he took him to story time at the bookstore," Dana says. "It was incredible."

Unfortunately, that visit would be the only one between Charles and Jordan. Two weeks after Charles returned to Iraq, he was killed in a roadside bombing.


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