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Mike Julianelle

Mike lives in Brooklyn with his wife, two children, and increasing dependence on alcohol. Find him on dadandburied.com and its associated social channels (FB, IG, Twitter) and be ready for him to mock his kids, himself, and maybe even you.

The Moment Nike Signs Their First Athlete With Cerebral Palsy [WATCH]

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Getting an endorsement deal is huge for any athlete, from winning quarterbacks to backup catchers. Getting an endorsement deal for running cross-country is noteworthy. Getting an endorsement deal for running track when you have cerebral palsy is downright unheard of.

At least, it was.

Enter Justin Gallegos, a junior at the University of Oregon.

Justin joined the cross-country team his freshman year of high school, didn’t start running to try to win. He just wanted the exercise, and appreciated the benefits the activity provided to his body. But now, thanks to Nike surprising him with a contract, he’ll see some financial benefits too.

“I saw that it was improving my quality of life. It was making me stronger. It really didn’t matter that I was finishing last in most of the races,” Justin told “I saw that it was improving my quality of life. It was making me stronger. It really didn’t matter that I was finishing last in most of the races,” Gallegos told FOX 12.”

When Gallegos started running in high school, he fell down a lot. His cerebral palsy makes running a lot more difficult. But he persevered, and slowly improved. In April, he finished his first half-marathon.

Still, when he showed up to race on October 6th and saw the cameras, he had no idea they were for him. But when he crossed the finish line, a Nike representative was there waiting for him with a contract, making Justin the first athlete with cerebral palsy to sign such a deal with the famous sneaker company.

“I just wanted to share something with you guys,” said insights director to the runners gathered at the finish line. “One of your teammates has been working pretty hard the last couple years, and Nike has recognized that. So today I am giving him the Nike contract [to be an] official Nike athlete.”

The heartwarming moment was capture on video:


Justin was stunned, but happy. “I’m so grateful to have been apart of this story where so many people put their names in history books, and make records, and break records,” Gallegos said. “It’s a been a dream come true.”

He’s working with Nike on developing sneakers for people with disabilities.

Congrats Justin!

Father Figures: From Preemie to M.D.

“I remember when our little Kirsten was born early.

She was right around 5 pounds and her little lungs weren’t quite up to the task of being called into service ahead of schedule. I remember the absolute joy of seeing her for the first time, quickly followed by the anguish of having her whisked away from us. I had no idea what the next few months would bring: victories that brought tears of joy followed by setbacks that made me scream “why?”

Emergency flights to Vancouver.
The unbearable heartache of being sent home for Christmas without being able to bring her with us.
The helpless feeling knowing that I had to put all of my hopes and dreams in the doctors hands.

I remember the pain of watching her in a little oxygen chamber, unable to hold her, unable to make it all better.

As a parent it feels like your only job is to make your baby safe, and here I stood on the very first day, the very first shift of my new task and I couldn’t do it. I was helpless. I was failing at the only job that mattered at that point.

But it turns out I wasn’t failing. Just staying strong and believing that everything would be alright was its own victory.

The job description had temporarily changed for a while is all. And when that little ray of sunshine does break free of the clouds she will shine brighter than you ever imagined possible.

My daughter, who was born 8 weeks premature, is now in her 4th year of med school and will be a doctor in six months.”

– Marty Anderson

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Sean Lennon Shares Photo of His Dad on Their Birthday

Sharing a birthday with someone else in your family isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. But sharing a birthday with your dad can be pretty cool, especially when he was one of the most famous musicians of all time.

Legendary Beatle John Lennon was born on October 9, 1940. His son Sean was born on the same day 35 years later. Sean was only five years old when his father was tragically murdered outside the Dakota Hotel in Manhattan.

Sean celebrated his 43rd birthday and what would have been his dad’s 78th birthday, by posting a picture of the two of them on Instagram.

 

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Happy Bday To Us…

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The photo shows John holding his young son while he blows out the candles on a birthday cake. Sean, a musician himself, captioned the photo, “Happy birthday to us…” and it has received over 42,000 likes and more than 2,000 comments on Instagram.

Sean is no stranger to Instagram sensations. A few months ago he posted a picture of himself and another Beatle’s progeny, James McCartney, son of Paul. Is there a better way to pay homage to the Lennon/McCartney songwriting duo than this?

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Peekaboo…

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That selfie, featuring the two Beatles’ sons looking very much like their dads (and James holding a guitar) got more than 50,000 likes from Beatles fans all over the world. Hopefully next time Sean posts with his friend James, it’s a video of them playing together.

Might I suggest something from Sgt. Pepper’s?

Dad Finds Mold in Capri Sun Drink Pouch

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Everyone knows the worst part about Capri Suns is the years of medical school you have to endure just to have the training required to correctly insert the straw without destroying it or destroying the pouch.

But it turns out there’s a bigger concern, and thanks to one vigilant dad, parents everywhere now know to look out for it.

Cameron Hardwick, a dad in Indiana, was preparing a pouch of Capri Sun for one of his kids, as a treat for eating a good dinner. But as he was opening the juice, he noticed something strange. He posted a video showcasing what he found, on his Facebook page.

The caption to the video reads:

*Public Service Announcement!** Friends & family please read & share! So tonight after dinner our oldest asked for some “juice” (Capri Sun) as a treat for eating good, I grabbed one out of the refrigerator and notice something odd about it… it seems low in content, I take a closer look at the packaging and don’t notice a hole or anything. So I shake it up some, only to find an unknown substance floating around in the package. To say we are irate would be an understatement… we don’t give these to our children often but will NEVER again! #SERIOUSLY #CapriSun

To their credit, Capri Sun responded quickly to Cameron’s concerns, posting a response on Facebook.

“Thanks again, Cameron, for bringing this to our attention and sharing more information with others. Although it’s rare, it is possible for mold to grow inside containers of preservative-free juice drinks if the pouch is punctured in any way on its journey from our facilities to your home. We understand it’s unpleasant, but the mold is naturally-occurring, just like if you left an apple on your counter for too long and mold begins to grow.”

They even sent someone to his house to investigate the pouch.

Capri Sun has long been aware of the possibility of mold in their drink, and they address the issue on their website via a FAQ:

“Will the mold make my child sick?”
“The mold is naturally-occurring, and we understand your concerns. That’s why we created our clear bottom pouches so you can check for mold before enjoying your Capri Sun, while still remaining committed to keeping our drinks free of artificial preservatives.”

Dad Invents Genius Way to Make Gamer Kids Exercise

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Every parent struggles with getting their kids to turn off the TV or put down the iPad and get some exercise. As technology becomes more and more accessible, and more and more essential, it’s not easy to make that happen.

One ingenious dad found a brilliant way to force his video game loving kids to get the exercise.

Jeremy Fielding is a talented dad of three who shares videos of the engineering projects on his YouTube channel.

His about section describes it this way: “I am fascinated with all things mechanical. Thus many of my projects and videos have a mechanical engineering theme.”

One of those videos features five different things you can make with treadmill parts, including a generator he made from a rowing machine. He got the machine of Craigslist and whatever he paid for it was more than worth it. Because he turned it into a powerful parenting hack.

What does the generator do? It powers his sons’ video games.

The batteries run down in less than a minute, so he and his kids trade-off to ensure there’s enough juice to make their games go. The bottom line? They can’t play unless they pedal and pull. Genius!

Now if they want to play their precious video games, they can, but they can’t do it without getting the exercise they need.

Game over! Dad win!

Before and After Photos of Dad as Son Attempts Game Winning Field Goal

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When you’re a sports fan, it can sometimes be hard to watch the big moments, for fear that something will go wrong. And few situations are as fraught as a game-winning field goal kick.

Now imagine you’re watching your team line up for such a kick, only your son is the kicker. Would you be able to watch?

One dad was faced with just that scenario, and a pair of photos posted on Twitter make it clear that his nerves got the best of him!

Last weekend, college football featured an exciting match-up between the Missouri Tigers and the South Carolina Gamecocks. The game was beset by all sorts of issues, from a downpour that made things a lot more difficult for both teams, to lightning strikes that caused two separate delays.

Eventually, the game came down to some last second heroics. South Carolina was down by one, 35-34, when kicker Parker White came out to attempt a game-winning 33-yard field goal. The fans were tense, but they had nothing on Parker’s Dad, who was in the stands in his #43 P. White South Carolina game jersey.

Fellow Gamecock fan and twitter user @jmhellman1395 happened to be seated next to Mr. White, and captured the nervous dad’s pre- and post-kick emotions.

In the before photo, Mr. White is past the point of being on the edge of his seat. He’s down on his knees, perhaps praying, maybe he’s biting his nails? Definitely not quite looking as his son’s team snapped the ball.

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And when you see the after photo, you don’t need to be told what happened, because Parker’s dad’s happiness, and the high-five he exchanges with another fan makes it clear that Parker game through and gave South Carolina a 37-35 victory.

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And you think you have a hard time watching your team play a close game. You’ve got nothing on the father of a field goal kicker!

Father Figures: Amazing Ride

I never even wanted to be a dad as a younger man. I thought that I would be the eccentric uncle and have lots of nieces and nephews. Then I met my wife, and everything changed.

We ran away to the courthouse to get married because we just couldn’t wait, and we were expecting our first baby almost immediately, much to our surprise. My wife had some health issues years before and there was a question of whether or not she could even get pregnant. She was active duty in the Air Force at the time, thank God, and I was working third shift at a digital printing company.

One morning I woke to pounding on my window, it was my wife’s CO from their office. My wife had collapsed at work and was in the ER. This was at 16 weeks pregnant. Docs said it was her appendix and it had to come out, so they rush her into surgery.

Sitting alone in the waiting room while my wife and unborn daughter were being operated on was a kind of scared nobody should ever be. The kind of alone nobody should feel.

After having her appendix removed, we spent the next couple weeks in and out of the hospital closely watching her health and the health of our unborn daughter. Finally, she was released, and to relieve the stress, we decided to drive a couple hours north to visit family and just relax. Then, at just 23 weeks, my wife went into labor.

Olive was born at 23 weeks and 4 days. 11 inches, 1lb 5oz. 600 grams. 6% chance of survival. After 356 days in the hospital she was finally transported by air ambulance and able to come home with us. Doctors still didn’t expect her to survive, and in fact she didn’t.

Within two weeks of her being home she coded in the middle of the night, and just stopped. Mom and I had been trained, drilled, and practiced the next scenario several times, but you can’t ever be ready. We revived her just as the police and fire crews arrived. Oh, and this is while my wife was carrying our second baby.

Twenty minutes later, in the ER, running back and forth between my daughter and my wife (who was admitted because she passed out after police showed up) and Olive is laughing at the doctors as they listen to her breathing and her heart. Dead, then laughing at the doctors thirty minutes later.

I think in a months time one year we were in the ER 7 times. 24 hours a day there were nurses in our house. I lost count of all the surgeries.

We have 3 beautiful children now, and thankfully Olive is finally healthy, stable, and strong!

I never really wanted to be a dad as a younger man, but it’s been an amazing ride.

– Benjamin Rutkowski

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Father Figures: Fuck Cancer

“Three years ago, my 9-year-old son was taken to the hospital with unexplained seizures.

He had never had anything more then a sniffle in his whole life. After an MRI, the local hospital basically said it was a misfire in his brain that was causing the seizures. Later that night, we were advised we were being transferred to Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, Canada. Three months, after multiple tests, blood work, and MRIs, finally a biopsy concluded that my baby boy had stage 3 gliomatosis cerebri, a very rare form of brain cancer.

We spent the next three years in and out of hospitals, for weeks and months at a time. Hundreds of doses of chemo, 47 rounds of radiation, and more blood work and procedures then I can even remember. But not once during those three years did I ever miss an appointment with him, and was always by his side. How could I not be?! This was my son, my best friend.

Sadly on August 13, 2018, my son was no longer able to fight any longer and he passed away. He fought so hard for the last three , he lasted two years longer then the doctors ever have him.

Enjoy every minute you have with your children. Whether they are being good, or bad, or driving you crazy, because you never know when that time can come to an end. Cancer doesn’t care how much you love your child, and nowhere near enough is done by the government of any country to help this!

#TeamAidanForever!

Daddy misses you every second of every day, Monkey, and I love you more then you could ever know.”

– Wayne Reil

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Drew Brees Breaks Record, Has Inspirational Huddle With Kids [WATCH]

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Football is in a pretty difficult place these days amid all the political handwringing and health concerns. Sometimes it’s easy to forget the league is full of amazing athletes at the peak of their abilities. There’s plenty of inspiration to take from watching the best players in the world perform.

Especially when one of them is your dad.

This week on Monday Night Football, Washington had the misfortune of going up against New Orleans and one of the best quarterbacks of the modern era, Drew Brees.

Brees, 39, has been in the league for almost twenty years. He started his career with the Chargers before getting injured, nearly signing with (and saving?) my Dolphins, only to end up in New Orleans.

There he became the city’s favorite son, lifting it on his shoulders in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and delivering its first Super Bowl championship. As he approaches 40 years old, he’s attempting to win another Lombardi trophy while collecting records along the way.

In Monday’s overwhelming victory over the Washington, Brees broke the league’s yardage record. In anticipation of the moment, he was “mic’d up” for the game so viewers at home could experience it first-hand. The league posted the clip of Brees’s record-breaking pass and resulting celebration on its Instagram and among the emotional moments captured in the clip is a sideline huddle with his family.

 

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Mic’d up for the record-breaking moment. Simply amazing. 🔊⬆️ @drewbrees

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Brees is seen hugging his kids and telling his sons he loves them and that they can accomplish anything in life if they’re willing to work for it. A great message that will resonate throughout their lives, whether they elect to spend them throwing footballs and trying to break their dad’s records, or not.

Something tells me Drew will be behind them no matter what they chose to do.

Father Figures: Little Survivor

Our first and only child (so far) was every bit of a miracle.

Firstly, I had testicular cancer or (ball cancer as my friends put it, you can laugh; we all still do) when I was a senior in high school. Not only did I lose one of the family jewels, I also had to endure some stiff chemotherapy treatments that the doctors were fairly confident would make me sterile.

Fast-forward about 9 years, shortly after proposing to my (now) wife…

We had a little deal where in the lead-up to the wedding we called off any hanky-panky until we say I do… lo and behold that last night of fun before the freeze ended up leaving her with a little surprise!

We were expecting, and I was excited and nervous at the same time. First-time dad who got his Catholic fiancée knocked up before we were married (her family is uber catholic)? You could understand the nervous part!

I was thinking okay, my doctors apparently wrote off my testicles a little prematurely…

Around the 6-to-8 week mark, my wife’s hormone levels all go back to normal and she tells me she does not feel pregnant anymore, so we prepare for the worst. Even her primary physician says she thinks my wife is going to miscarry this child.

So we both prepared ourselves for some hard-to-take news as we go in to see her OB. I went with her to the checkup where we fully expected to get the bad news; we were almost certain that it was a miscarriage. Then, as the nurse did the ultrasound, there was a little heartbeat, and we both instantly began to cry. The nurse kind of freaked out and we told her we were not expecting to get to hear little baby’s heartbeat. So then she cried tears of joy with us.

We made sure to track baby J’s progress as peanut grew, and we tell her very Catholic mother and family in March 2016 and she is elated, as is the rest of the family. Maybe a little ahead of schedule, but they couldn’t be happier for us. My folks were excited regardless whether we were married or not; they just wanted to be grandparents. And my friends all call me the one-nut wonder.

On August 28th, 2016 we welcomed a healthy, strong, energetic little boy into this world with zero health conditions, problems, or abnormalities. He’s now two and thinks he’s 16 and loves watching Chiefs football with his old man.

James Harrison Brumley is his name and he’s named after my stepdad who died of cancer and my brother Harrison who is a fellow survivor of cancer. James earned that name because he’s been a fighter from the very beginning – even when the doctors didn’t think he was going to even make it past 8 weeks.

I was nervous to be a first-time dad but I wouldn’t trade it for any amount of money or fame or success in life. As long as I can succeed at being the dad James thinks I am, that’s all that matters.

– Cody Brumley

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Tyler Durden is a Dad in Fight Club 3

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Tyler Durden is everyone’s favorite anarchist. Lest we forget his humble beginnings as the scrappy founder of Fight Club. Then he focused on conceiving Project Mayhem, which was groundbreaking to say the least. Well, now, he’s going to be an actual father to a flesh-and-blood child. At least in the comic books, that is.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Chuck Palahniuk’s second sequel to the novel that David Fincher, Brad Pitt, and Edward Norton turned into a late-nineties sensation will take place entirely inside the pages of a comic book.

This is both the second sequel to Fight Club and the second sequel comic. The first “sequel” to the novel was published by Dark Horse comics as a ten-part series. This one will consist of twelve comics, set to hit stores on January 30, 2019 and features Palahniuk teaming up once more with artist Cameron Stewart for the series.

The story will open with Tyler’s girlfriend, Marla (played by Helena Bonham Carter in the movie) who is carrying his child – and living in a sketchy motel with her first kid, from a different father. All this while Tyler is faced with a new enemy, a group bent on “fine-tuning” mankind, whatever that means. Tyler is forced to team up with the series’ unnamed narrator, now known as Balthazar (he went by “Sebastian” in Fight Club 2).

“Fight Club 3 is about what happens when you need to team up with your enemy,” Palahniuk said in a statement. “And the situation is even more complicated here, given Tyler Durden and Balthazar’s unique relationship.”

Sounds like Tyler has a lot on his plate, but as formidable as these new enemies may be, they’re nothing compared to a newborn. Plus, kids tend to soften even the most hard-edged among us.

If “fight club” happens to be among his child’s first words, we’re betting he/she will be allowed to talk about it.

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Devious Dog Swipes Dad’s Dentures

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Looks like this dog is getting a leg up on Halloween.

It all started recently when a man awoke to find his dentures were missing. They weren’t floating in jar beside the bathroom sink, nor were they on his bedside table. Turns out they were in the next most obvious place: in his daughter’s dog’s mouth.

That’s right, Maggie, his daughter Eunice’s Shih-Tzu/Chihuhuahua mix had somehow got hold of the dentures and managed to get them inside her mouth.

“He thought maybe he had left them in the bathroom,” Eunice told the Dodo about her dad’s saga. “When they weren’t there, he went searching downstairs and found Maggie under my living room table.”

And there she was wearing a big toothy grin, clearly unremorseful.

“She is the cutest! She has quite a personality,” Eunice said. “She loves to cuddle but is also a yapper at times. She’s very mischievous!”

I’ll say. It takes a lot of moxie to steal a man’s dentures.

The tweet of the dog sporting the dentures has over 50,000 likes and 20,000 retweets. People can’t resist the goofy sight.

Japan Has Self Serve Beer Machines and Wasabi Flavored Beer

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After years of providing us with the best in video game technology Japan has finally turned their ingenuity towards something more important.

Beer!

An all-you-can-drink restaurant in Japan (currently booking plane ticket) features a self-serve beer machine. That’s right, no pesky humans asking about your day and foaming up your beer.

This machine tilts the frosted mug to the perfect angle, then it polishes off the pour by manufacturing a thick head.

And no tip necessary.

Might I suggest another Japanese beer innovation? It’s a Wasabi-flavored brew, courtesy of the hop ninjas at Niigata Beer. According to Bustle it’s only being sold in the UK. But you can score some on Firebox.

Here’s the description, from the Firebox website:

“Ah, wasabi. Japanese horseradish. Tickler of taste buds. A proud member of the Brassicaceae plant family. And now your new favorite beer flavour. Goodbye, hops. Your yeasty maltiness has nothing on this spicy number. Say hello to Wasabi Beer. The magnificent wizards at Niigata Beer have combined Japan’s favorite condiment with your favorite booze.”

It’s sold by the bottle, for about 8 bucks a pop, and if you’re curious how it actually tastes?

One reviewer on Beer Advocate has you covered:

“Taste is very light malt with unmistakable wasabi notes. It’s not really hot or spicy… But, it’s definitely wasabi! I bought this as a novelty beer… But, I actually LIKE the unusual flavor. Not something I’d want to drink everyday… But, yeah! I’d actually buy and drink this again!”

It just might be the perfect beer to pair with your next sushi dinner.

Or not.

 

 

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This is the perfect time to listen to what Jim Gaffigan thinks about craft beers.