Wish kid Alex is 6 years old and living with leukemia. When he wished to go to Walt Disney World® Resort in 2017, it was to meet his hero, Spider-Man. But according to Alex's dad Darren, it's Alex who is the real hero.
"As fathers we feel the need to protect our children, knowing we would go to battle with anything that threatens them. But what do we do when a doctor tells us our child has cancer? Most fathers already feel defeated at these words, because we can't be the super hero our kids think we are. We often hide what we feel because we need to be strong and carry on, but the truth is we are more lost than our children. And we learn quickly that it is no longer us protecting them. Instead they become the foundation on which we stand."
Alex handles his condition with such understanding and acceptance that Darren sometimes wonders what he can do to help. "I can't fight his cancer for him, but I can make sure no harm comes to him. I can be mindful and educated about his medications and procedures. I will intervene if something is amiss, and I will never doubt him when he tells me something is wrong. As a wish dad, you are doing the most important job of your life right now, raising your child through the roughest time of theirs."
As we approach Father's Day, we salute wish dads like Darren. We are reminded every day of your strength and courage, and are grateful that you share your kids with us!