A Fathers Love – Jess’s Story
My dad was in a terrible car crash 10 years ago, and as a result has 7 lbs of metal holding his left leg together, titanium plates and screws in both of his forearms and 6 inch screws in his left hip and ankle. He also has a minor brain injury, which resulted in him losing the most random parts of his memory, including my childhood. My dad was a stay-at-home dad for most of my kid years and he and I were SUPER close; so when I came to realize that he didn’t remember any of it, it was a tough pill to swallow. The first few years after the car crash were a true test of our families’ capability to deal with whatever life chose to throw at us (we’re a 3 man team, just me, my mum and my dad). Fastforward to the present. My dad currently holds the winners title in the Manitoba Marathon wheelchair racing division and has also completed the Honolulu, New York City, New Orleans & Boston Marathons, all in a racing wheelchair. I know that our love, MY love, is what powers him through those last 4 miles towards the finish line where I’ll be screaming and yelling and cheering him on. I’m lucky enough to have a dad that vocalizes his love for me on a daily basis and I will cherish that my entire life.
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