It’s easy to get caught up in the craziness of everyday life. This Father’s Day, we are taking a moment to reflect on what being a dad really means. We asked dads in our community two simple questions: What makes you proud to be a father? What have you learned from your cancer-fighting hero as you take on this journey together?

Read on to hear their thoughts and learn about their journey’s with their cancer kiddos.

John and seven-year-old daughter, Emma

John and Emma

“Seeing my kiddos strength, kindness, love and perseverance, especially over last summer, makes me proud to be a father,” says John. “They all held it together in the darkest of times.”

“I’ve learned life is too short and can change in the blink of an eye. I have always lived with that mentality but now more so than ever,” continues John. “I’ve also learned that being scared yet also being strong and courageous can all go together. And lastly, never ever give up hope or lose faith.”

Albert and two-year-old daughter, Emma

Albert and Emma

“What makes me proud to be a father is watching Emma welcome each day with a smile on her face. Watching her take on any new challenge with grace and determination is incredibly admirable and inspiring,” says Albert. “She is so kind and generous, even at only three-years-old, that it makes me overwhelmingly proud to call her my daughter.”

“Being nine-months-old and unable to communicate what hurt or what was bothering her made it very difficult to take care of Emma,” says Albert. “I learned that no matter how bad it is, how much it hurts, or how hard you cry, it will get better and you will become better for it. I’ve learned love and happiness are the best medicine. I’ve learned to see the best in the worst of situations. And I’ve learned to laugh harder, love better, smile wider, hug tighter and think bigger – all from my cancer-warrior.”

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