This is my dad. This photo was taken of him about a year before he passed away of lung cancer. My dad was a vibrant man who loved to live life to the fullest. He loved country music, dancing but most of all fast cars and racing. I remember for his 70th birthday me and my siblings got him the Richard Petty experience at the Daytona racetrack. He drove a racecar around the track at nearly 200 miles per hour with no fear. It was the thrill of his lifetime. He would tell everyone of his experience, showed them the pictures or if you were really lucky got to see the video. You see, dad used to be a mechanic who worked on sports cars like Porsche, Lamborghini & the like. Part of his job was to "test drive" the car to diagnose what was wrong; he loved this part of his job the most. To say fast cars were in his blood is an understatement.....he loved everything about racing and cars.
Dad came to live with me when he started getting sick; he had COPD that progressivley got worse and then he got the diagnosis of lung cancer. Dad wanted more than anything to get out and drive but he knew he couldn't. He wouldn't show his disappoinment but I knew it was difficult for him to know that he was too weak to stear the car or apply the breaks. He also was fearful of leaving the house; he was afraid of running out of oxygen. He did find enjoyment in riding to the park, so my husband and I were able to take him with us to just to enjoy the scenery or to eat lunch.
Unfortunately, dads cancer hit hard and was relentless; he died within a month of his diagnosis. I was blessed to be able to be with dad through his battle but would have given anything to relieve him of this terrible disease. Dad had so much more life to live but it was cut short by cancer. I am hopful that one day we can find a cure to cancer and make a difference for the thousands of people in my community touched by cancer. The funds I raise will stay right here, helping with prevention, early detection, research and treatment for this disease.
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