On June 20th we honor our fathers and grandfathers with a day all their own. This year we encourage you to show your support by donating to LIVESTRONG in honor or memory of your father or grandfather. When you donate a card can be sent to the person of your choosing. Go to www.livestrong.org/fathersday
Below are stories from LIVESTRONG staffers about their dads. We encourage you to share your dad’s story with us in the comments section below. Happy Father’s Day from LIVESTRONG
My father was diagnosed with testicular cancer nearly 30 years ago, just a few months after I was born. He was in the middle of his medical residency with a wife and two young children. Though I was just a baby at the time, I have grown up hearing about how my father?s cancer journey changed his life and that of our family. As a young man learning how to become a doctor, his cancer experience taught him the greatest medical lesson of all – understanding what it means to be a patient. Dealing with personal fear, anger, depression and anxiety prepared my dad to be the best family doctor that he could be, one that was solely focused on the needs and betterment of the patient. In simple terms ? someone who could provide people hope. When I began working at LIVESTRONG more than 6 years ago, I?ll never forget the conversations I had with my dad and how proud he was to know that I was spending my time in the service of others and that I was working for an organization that cared about people and in their darkest days, brought them a little bit of hope. I celebrate my dad every day by coming to work at LIVESTRONG and I will be making a donation in his honor, along with the millions of other fathers who have fought the good fight. LIVESTRONG!
I plan to donate to LIVESTRONG in honor of my dad this Father?s Day because he fought and won his battle with kidney cancer in 2003 and hasn?t looked back. I often joke that I need stay healthy and make sure my kidneys are in good shape in case I ever need to give him one. Working at LIVESTRONG reminds me that I?m really not joking ? it is critical to live a healthy life and to be strong for myself and others. To the many dads and families out there facing cancer today ? keep fighting! Don?t wait to learn the lesson ? every moment counts, so make this a good one!
This Father?s Day I?m grateful to LIVESTRONG because, when my dad was diagnosed with cancer in 2008, they were the first people I contacted for help. They provided us with answers to our questions, tools to keep track of his medical information and guidance through the maze of cancer treatment and doctors? opinions. Two years later, my dad is cancer free. While he did the hard part by going through treatment, dozens of medical appointments and tests, I know that LIVESTRONG played a crucial role in his success. So thanks to LIVESTRONG for continuing to allow me to celebrate with my dad on Father?s Day.
I am supporting LIVESTRONG in honor of my dad who is a prostate cancer survivor and who epitomizes all that we stand for. He has been such an incredible influence on my life and I am fortunate to be able to honor him in this way.
Cancer took part of my dad?s right lung in 1998. After beating the odds and surviving for almost 12 years, it was ultimately the lost lung that took his life this spring. LIVESTRONG means appreciating every single day with every ounce of your being. LIVESTRONG means fighting like hell despite the ?odds.? On June 20, I will celebrate Father?s Day without a dad for the first time ever. I will watch the US Open with a heavy heart and renew my commitment to LIVESTRONG every single day of my life.
LIVESTRONG and Father?s Day has a special combination in my heart. My dad was the ultimate caregiver to my mom in her battle with breast cancer. I was 13 when she passed away, and my brother and sister were away at college. My dad had to drag me out of bed for school, make lunches, watch pep rallies, soccer and football games, and survive slumber parties, my boyfriends, curfew, shopping?you name it, he was there. Amazingly all was done with a smile, a positive outlook, and an ?I love you? every day. And, I am just one kid out of three! And today he supports both me and the fight against cancer with his infinite wardrobe of LIVESTRONG gear, a wristband, and his loving check-in on me at work and at events. He exemplifies a blessed and focused life on family, health and living life to the fullest. And he is the kind of parent, spouse, and caregiver that I strive to be one day. Happy Father?s Day to my dad and to you all.