Charlene's Story

My special gift received during the holiday season was not a physical gift that can actually be opened and held but one of pure unselfish love. In 2019 my father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He was given six months to live. In his sixth month, December 2019, he was already living out his final days. Every day he was weaker and weaker but he struggled to hang on to be with his grandson on his birthday; which was December 24th. As sick as he was, my father made the effort to sit at the table and celebrate his grandson’s birthday on Christmas Eve. I will always remember the last Christmas gift that my father gave to his family; his presence.