Dad Spends 30 Hours Getting Tattooed To Make Son Less Insecure About Birthmark

Dad spends 30 hours getting tattoo of son's birthmark
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We all have things that make us stand out. But when you’re a kid, feeling different can be a source of stress and even bullying. As parents, we can urge our kids to embrace their own differences and appreciate unusual traits in others – but sometimes, certain situations demand that we do more than simply talk the talk. For Derek Prue Sr., it meant showing his son that he wasn’t alone by embracing the very thing that made him feel different.

Derek Prue Sr.’s 8-year-old son was born with a large birthmark on his torso, one that often left him feeling insecure. When the family goes swimming, 8-year-old Derek refuses to remove his shirt. He wasn’t often vocal about his insecurity, but he did his best to hide the birthmark from others.

Seeing his son struggle was challenging for Prue, so without telling the 8-year-old, he took on an enormous project to ensure his son would never feel alone again. With the help of Tony Gibbert, owner of the Juicy Quill tattoo studio, Prue began working on his own identical (post)birthmark.

Neither Gibbert nor Prue knew exactly how long the project would take, which was probably for the best. In total, Prue’s matching birthmark tattoo took a whopping 30 hours – 30 hours of holding still, of constant pain (or at best, extreme discomfort), all to support his son in the best way he knew how.

During a pool outing with his family, Derek Prue Sr. unveiled his new ink. His son was both startled and delighted, seeing the very thing that caused him distress replicated on his biggest cheerleader.

“I think it’s amazing to be able to comfort your son like that,” tattoo artist Tony Gibbert told CBC. “It’s more than just your kid seeing your name, or something, you get to actually, like, really change the way he feels about himself.”

After the pain and monotony of his 30-hour ordeal, Derek Prue Sr. couldn’t be happier with the results. He and his 8-year-old son will match forever – through childhood, adolescence, and beyond, the pair will look like two members of an exclusive club with one heck of an orientation process.

As for the pool, 8-year-old Derek feels ready to jump in without the extra layer – with one stipulation.

Derek explains, “Whenever Daddy’s there I can take the shirt off.”

Dad Steps up To Sing Anthem When PA System Fails and He Crushes It

Dad Anthem

When things go wrong, you can always count on a dad to step in to lend a helping hand, or in this case, a voice. A high school basketball game in Ohio faced an awkward delay when their sound system malfunctioned as the teams lined up for the national anthem. That’s when Trenton Brown’s wife gave him a nudge and said “sing.” So, he did and sang it a capella.

Oh, and he freaking ROCKED IT.

“I started singing and that was it,” he told CNN. The man has sung and played music most of his life, but had never performed the anthem before. It was recorded by another parent on the team, and the entire gym broke out in a standing ovation after he was done. The dad that recorded it said ‘he brought everyone in the gym to tears when he saved the day by singing the anthem.’

He said he posted it because he thought the world needs to see it, but never expected it to go viral.

And in true dad fashion, after he NAILS IT, he simply sits down to enjoy his popcorn.

Impossible to watch without getting chills.

Dad Accidentally Orders 35ft Inflatable Grinch, Raises $25k for Hospice House

Dad Orders Giant Grinch

Dads always do things to impress their kids and sometimes those efforts turn into happy little, errr, big accidents. You can’t blame a dad for trying to ramp up the excitement during the holidays by surprising their kids. That’s exactly what one dad in the U.K. was going for when he surprised his daughter, who loves the Grinch, with an inflatable decoration of her favorite Christmas character. Only one problem; he accidentally bought an inflatable LARGER THAN HIS FREAKING HOUSE.

The Grinch inflatable is actually 35-feet tall and is one of only five in the world, reportedly. And the dad just wanted to cheer up his seven-year-old daughter with the purchase, which he naturally didn’t realize was quite so large. Hey, mishaps happen, OK? But there is a happy twist.

A few people started stopping in front of the house to grab a picture with the giant Grinch. And a few more. And then the dad decided to capitalize on his mistake and turn it into a fundraiser for the hospice house that cared for his dying father earlier this year. So, he took a giant Grinch and used it to make people happy, while also raising money for the people who cared for his father in his final days after battling COVID-19.

So far, he’s raised more than $20,000 for the Alice House Hospice as the “Grow your Heart” campaign.

The man said he was surprised when someone offered him money for a photo in front of it and then thought it could be a way to raise money for the hospice house. He said they took great care of his dad, and that he always ‘wanted to do something as a thank you.’

He was thrilled just as the response of his daughter at the sight of the giant Grinch but has been blown away by the thousands that have visited.

“I just want everyone to enjoy it…it’s really heart-warming,” he told a local newspaper.

This is the type of dad content that just makes your heart grow three sizes.

New Zealand Dad Dies a Hero After Telling Rescuers To Save His Son and Niece

Dad drowns after telling rescue workers to save kids
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We can never anticipate the moments that test us, the moments where action or inaction changes the course of our lives forever. Moreover, we can tell ourselves how we would respond in certain situations, but we’ll never truly know until we find ourselves facing them. We all like to think that we could choose the path of bravery and self-sacrifice for those we love, but unless we’re given seconds to make a decision that changes everything (and hopefully we’ll never have to), we just don’t know. Steve Mote, a dad from New Zealand, made the ultimate sacrifice to save his loved ones – and he will forever be remembered as a hero.

41-year-old Steve Mote was visiting an Australian beach with his kids, partner, and niece when the day took a tragic turn. After a long day of fishing and swimming, Mote went to take a final dip while his partner Fordene MacDonald waited in the shade.

Mote, his son, and his niece splashed in the shallow water when a wave unexpectedly swept them to sea. Bystanders and rescue workers rushed to help, as did Mote’s partner MacDonald. MacDonald has trouble with her vision, referring to Mote as “her eyes” – she didn’t realize anything was wrong until she heard the commotion. She began to run towards the water, but navigating the rocky shore with impaired vision was nearly impossible.

Once rescuers reached the dedicated dad, his priority was making sure the kids were safe. Rather than immediately accepting the assistance of the rescue workers, he instructed them to go find the kids.

Rescuers followed Mote’s wishes, pulling the kids to safety and returning for him. Tragically, by the time Mote was pulled to shore, he was unresponsive. Mote’s final decision was to protect his loved ones, and he did. Both children are unharmed.

“He sacrificed himself. He knew it was either him or the kids,” his cousin Queenie Fa’alua told the NZ Herald. “There were people trying to help him and he pushed [them towards the kids].”

Steve Mote, a father of four himself, had been with his partner for five years. MacDonald had five kids of her own, all of whom remember him as both an amazing father and teacher. He was loving, generous, and selfless until his final moments.

“He was the one that got our family together. He understood us. He was our role model,” Fa’alua said. “Now, that he protected us, who do we look to next? He’s left a legacy [that] we can continue because we learned so much from him. It’s really raw and sad.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help support this heroic dad’s family.

Dad Gets Lightning Bolt Shaved Into His Hair To Match His Son’s Scar

Dad cuts lightning bolt into hair to match son's scar
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Finding ways to support your kids is a perpetually-changing aspect of parenting. It’s up to us as parents to figure out what will make our kids feel loved and supported through each challenge they face, and that’s no easy task. One dad from Missouri found a heartwarming but unusual way to make his son feel loved – and it came in the form of a haircut.

When Jonathan Tynes’s son was born, doctors found that he had a condition that caused the plates of his skull to fuse together early. As a result, Hunter had to undergo reconstructive skull surgery at just 21-months old.

“He had to be cut from ear to ear, opened up and his skull totally reshaped,” Jonathan told KMOV.

Thankfully, the surgery went well – but it left Hunter with a lightning bolt-shaped scar down the side of his head (doctors cut across his skull in a zig-zag pattern to allow the scar to be hidden more easily by Hunter’s hair). Though most of Hunter’s hair grew back as doctors expected, scar tissue on one side didn’t allow the now 5-year-old’s hair to grow. Years after his surgery, the lightning bolt scar remains – and recently, Hunter has become increasingly self-conscious.

Tynes tried to reassure his son that the scar was nothing to be self-conscious about, but the 5-year-old inadvertently told his loving dad exactly what he needed to feel better about his scar.

“I said, your lightning bolts are really cool. I wish I had that,” Tynes recalled, to which his son responded, “Well, if you think they’re so cool why don’t you get them?”

It took only a moment of consideration before Tynes made a decision. “I said okay, then I will.”

And as soon as he could get an appointment, Tynes followed through on his word. He went to the barbershop with an odd and incredible request – he wanted a matching lightning bolt shaved into his own head.

Tynes’s heartwarming story quickly went viral, but the only thing that mattered was how Hunter felt. Fortunately, Tynes got the seal of approval from his smiling son – and the pair couldn’t look happier.

Widowed Dad With Stage 2 Colon Cancer Fosters Only Terminally Ill Children

Widowed dad with cancer fosters terminally ill kids

Being seriously ill is one of the scariest things life can throw at you. Between endless visits to a slew of doctors, hospital stays, and the unsettling nature of the unknown, being unwell means relying heavily on your loved ones for support. But what if you’re a terminally ill child in the foster care system, battling a debilitating illness with nobody to rely on for support? For over 20 years, 65-year-old Mohamed Bzeek has made it his mission to give a loving home to terminally ill kids with nowhere else to go – to say that Mohamed Bzeek is a hero feels inadequate.

“The only house that accepts orphans and children who are about to die in Los Angeles is my house. I have dealt with 80 children since 1989. Ten children lost their lives in my arms,” Bzeek told Image.

Losing one child feels like the end of the world, but to lose ten? For many, the idea is unfathomable. But for Mohamed Bzeek, being there to love and support terminally ill children in the foster care system is his purpose. 40 Years ago, Bzeek immigrated to the US from Libya. 25 years ago, he and his late wife realized just how big a difference they could make in the lives of kids who had no one to turn to.

“In 1995, we decided to adopt orphans left at hospitals or taken from their families by the state because of violence and pressure,” Bzeek explained.

After his wife’s passing, Bzeek doubled down on his life-changing work. He provides abandoned terminally-ill children with round-the-clock care, a safe home, and most importantly, unwavering love. At the same time, Bzeek cares for his biological son who was born with dwarfism and a genetic disorder that affects his bones.

In LA, Bzeek works directly with the Department of Child Services, who have come to rely upon him in the most heartbreaking situations. “They tell me when children are about to die and ask if I can adopt them. They know that I do not hesitate to accept. If I don’t, they are sent to hospitals and don’t have a family or house. However, when I take them, they feel a family atmosphere. They feel safe and are loved until the end of their lives.”

When children come into his care without names, he names them. He opens his heart and home, often becoming the first person to show his foster kids what it means to be loved. If Bzeek didn’t take in these terminally-ill children, they would die alone in the hospital. They would’ve lived a far-too-short life, never having experienced a bond with another person.

“I believe each kid has rights to have a family,” Bzeek said in a video for his GoFundMe. “Mom and dad, brother and sisters – and those kids in the system, they have nobody. Seems to be the world has forgotten about them.”

After being diagnosed with stage 2 colon cancer, Bzeek saw what it was like to endure hospital visits and treatment with nobody by his side. The fear he felt in those moments only reinforced the importance of his mission. If he was that terrified as a grown man, the fear these children feel must be unimaginable.

As long as Bzeek is healthy enough to care for these children, he will continue to do so. “We’re human being,” Bzeek explains, “and we supposed to help each other.”

Dad Is Walking 260 Miles From D.C. To NJ for Son With Rare Degenerative Disease

Dad Walking for Son
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We know what to do when our kids scrape their knees, or fail their first algebra test. We know to support them and love them, to help but not coddle. It’s challenging to watch our kids face life’s obstacles, though we know that they’re far more resilient than we give them credit for. But when your child has a terminal disease, when there’s a hurdle you can’t help them over, your role as a parent becomes infinitely more challenging. The way you support them might look a bit different, and you may need to get creative when it comes to being their biggest cheerleader.

Jim Raffone from New Jersey has an 11-year-old son named Jamesy. Jamesy was born with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a progressive and terminal disease that causes muscular degeneration. Though there are some treatments to reduce symptoms and potentially slow the progression of the disease, DMD has no cure.

When Jamesy was just four years old, his muscular weakness became apparent. After a whirlwind of tests and visits to various doctors, Jamesy’s parents received the heartbreaking news.

“Initially, it tore our heart out. I don’t think it stopped hurting ever since,” Raffone told The Patch. “It’s just a devastating disease that makes you watch your child waste away in front of your eyes. The doctors told us back then and still to this day, that there’s nothing that can be done for him. Just love him until he passes, but that’s not something I can accept and I choose to fight every day for him.”

And fight he did. Raffone founded a nonprofit called JAR of Hope in 2013, holding fundraisers to help find a cure for DMD. Jamsey’s parents have completed some incredible feats to raise money in honor of their son, from a 171-mile run to a grueling 12-day hike through Australia and New Zealand. They have raised over 2 million dollars, funding research, experimental therapies, and medical bills for struggling families.

A recent experimental therapy has proven helpful in the cases of several kids with DMD, but Raffone needs to raise more funds to expand the study. Through JAR of Hope, he hopes to raise $2.5 million by early next year for the promising trial. To give his fundraising a running (or walking) start, Raffone is completing a 260-mile walk from D.C. to New Jersey in an event he calls, ”Walk For Their Lives”.

Raffone plans to meet anywhere between 500-1,000 people during his 8-day trek, raising money and awareness for the devastating disease.

“Team Jamesy will continue its journey of a thousand miles by bringing awareness to Washington DC. This attempt will include 260 miles over 8 days from our Nation’s capital to New Jersey on foot,” the event’s Facebook page explains. “Jim Raffone has committed to doing anything and everything to save his son and other children inflicted by this devastating disease. The discomfort, struggle and agony that will be endured along this trek will be temporary, the potential ramifications of a successful trial will be forever.”

Dad Puts on Parking Lot Dance Show to Cheer up Son During Chemo Treatments

Dad Dance Chemo
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Having a kid fall seriously ill is one of the most brutal experiences a parent can experience. You want to do anything you can to help your child get through the experience. Even if that means putting on full-fledged dance performances in a hospital parking lot.

Hospitals can be a scary place for kids, and that’s why any effort to make it suck less needs to be lifted up and applauded. Like the hospital that lets kids drive mini cars to their surgery or the dad who kept dancing until his son was out of the NICU.

A dad in Texas took a different approach, with the same attitude behind it, to brighten his son’s hospital visits. Chuck Yielding’s 14-year-old son Aiden has been receiving chemotherapy treatments for leukemia for much of the year. When Chuck and his wife found out only one of them could accompany Aiden for his treatments (thanks to COVID), it made sense for his mom to be there (she’s a healthcare worker).

But that didn’t mean his dad wasn’t going to show up. He’s been there for his son in a different way…dancing in the parking lot. While his son gets his weekly chemo treatments, he can take a break to look out his window to see his dad dancing in the parking lot below.

His dad doesn’t hold back, pulling out all the stops to put a smile on his son’s face.

I mean come on, it’s tough to watch that and not have a smile on your face. That is peak dad we all aspire to.

Aiden told a local news station he thinks its funny and it cheers him up. Chuck said he’s doing anything he can to brighten his day.

“Just anything to brighten his spirits up a little bit and let him know he is not alone. We are with him,” he said.

This might be one of the few times in dad history that a kid is actually happy to see his dad break out the embarrassing dance moves, a skill every dad is born with. And props to Chuck for bringing those skillz on the road, turning a parking lot into a weekly dance party.

Heroic Father of 7 Dies Saving His Kids From a Riptide

Heroic Father of 7 Dies Saving His Kids From a Riptide

Some of the best movies of all time revolve around superheroes who put their own well-being aside to help others. They risk everything, time and time again, to make sure the world is safe for the rest of us. We find reassurance in those stories, because though they are extreme, those heroes remind us that there is so much good in the world. There are real-life dad heroes, and they deserve to be recognized as such. Last Sunday, 36-year-old Jonathan Stevens died a hero while saving the lives of his children.

In a story so heartbreaking it’s truly hard to swallow, we see a real-life example of the infinite depths of a father’s love. Jonathan Stevens was visiting Barmouth beach in Wales with his family on Sunday when he noticed three of his children struggling in the water. As any dad would do, he rushed to save them. Thinking only about the well-being of his children, Stevens worked frantically to pull them to safety and out of the grips of the riptide. Even in the direst of situations, Jonathan Stevens didn’t forget for a single second that his goal was to protect his children, to make sure they were unharmed at all costs.

Jonathan did it – he did his job as a dad, making sure no harm came to his children. In a devastating twist that nobody could have anticipated, Jonathan himself was caught in the current. He was pulled from the water by a rescue team and airlifted to a nearby hospital in serious condition. Tragically, Jonathan passed away at the hospital.

34-Year-old Laura Burford, Jonathan’s partner, was home when this unimaginable situation unfolded. A relative provided North Wales Live with the heartbroken woman’s statement. “All seven of his beautiful kids have lost their dad. He died saving his kids’ lives in the sea,” Burford said. “There are no words to describe the pain. I will always be grateful to (him) for bringing our babies back. I love him, always have, and always will.”

A friend set up a GoFundMe to help support Jonathan’s family during this incredibly difficult time. The page states, “I’m Mel, a family friend, from Telford who set up this fund page to help this poor family who sadly lost Jonathan (Joff) whilst he was saving his children in the sea at Barmouth beach. The funds raised will go towards any funeral costs, to each of his 7 children to support and to have a memory gift from their Hero Father and to Laura to help along the way with any costs that may occur.”

Jonathan Stevens’ very last act was being a dad. He protected his children at all costs, bravely and selflessly putting their safety before his own. Jonathan Stevens died a hero.

Dad Jumps in Water to Save Son From Jaws of Great White Shark

Dad Saves Son From Shark Attack
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As dads, having to think on your feet to keep your kid out of trouble is vital. Whether it’s pulling them back from stepping into the street right when a car is coming, or catching them at the last second when they are about to fall off the back of a couch, that moment requiring dad reflexes is inevitable.

You might even have to punch a shark. That’s the situation one dad faced last week, as he was fishing with his 10-year-old son north of Tasmania. A freaking great white shark leaped from the waters and dragged his son off the boat into the ocean. Without even hesitation, his dad, John Arnott, jumped into the water.

He was able to save the boy from the jaws of the shark, who authorities believe was spooked away by the dad jumping into the water. The boy was being treated at a local hospital for lacerations and is reportedly in stable condition. His life jacket was shredded in the incident and he suffered lacerations on his arms and head.

A bystander who assisted in providing first aid to the boy told ABC the dad was a hero.

“The father was doing an amazing job in the circumstances, it was a pretty scary situation for the family,” she said.

“The father was holding it together really well. I don’t think I would have done as good a job as he did in that situation.”

A man who witnessed the incident from a nearby boat called it a ‘very, very scary thing.’

“The father, with his natural instinct I suppose, has leapt in straight after his son and managed to grab him. Congratulations to dad. Top fella.”

Viral Photo Shoot Features Newborn of Fallen Firefighter and His Firehouse Brothers

Brett Grace Firehouse Photoshoot
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Brett Korves was a 10-year veteran of an Illinois Fire Department when he died tragically in a car accident on his way to work in early 2019. He left behind a two-year-old son and a pregnant wife. Nearly a year later, Brett’s brothers at the Fire Department honored his memory with a photo shoot with the newborn daughter he never got to meet.

His wife, Alex, didn’t know she was pregnant when Brett tragically passed and told Good Morning America she was “freaking out” at first, but was glad to have one more piece of him in her life.

(Sugarfoot Photography)
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Brett’s First Responders was a foundation started in his memory to carry on his legacy of helping his community.

Alex said she was touched by the avalanche of positivity after the photos went viral and said she is thankful for the support of their family, friends, and Brett’s brothers in the Fire Department,

“I just want Brett Grace to realize that even though her father has passed, she has all this outpouring support from all these men, too.”

Hero 100-Yr-Old Turtle Fathers 800 Kids to Prevent Species Extinction

100yr Old Hero Turtle Saves Species
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One of the greatest heroes of his time, Diego the Galapagos giant tortoise has officially entered retirement. The 100-year old turtle did more for his species than arguably almost every other being in existence. At one point, Diego was one of two of the last males of Chelonoidis hoodensis of Espanola Island. Then Diego, part of a captive breeding program started nearly 50 years ago, did what any true hero would in that situation. He started getting it on with the lady turtles, siring more than 800 more of his kind.

Thanks to the noble hard work of Diego, the island has seen a huge increase in the species, as they now have nearly 2,000. The aged Diego and his heroic sex drive that saved his kind now get to retire to the island, where he will join his offspring (estimated around 40 percent of the turtles on the island).

“There’s a feeling of happiness to have the possibility of returning that tortoise to his natural state,” a director for Galapagos National Parks service told the BBC.

What exactly is his natural state and what does this mean for Diego and his main hobby of impregnating turtles?

“He might actually amp it up,” James P. Gibbs, a professor of environmental and forest biology at the State University of New York in Syracuse, told the Washington Post. “I don’t know — we shall see.”

Hell yeah, Diego. Normally, we’d include some sort of video with these posts. But some things are best left between a turtle and his dozens of sexual partners. And now Diego gets to go home, decades after he left to embark on his journey to save a species. Hopefully, the legendary turtle Dad is given a hero’s welcome upon his return. What you did before was for your species, who you impregnate now, that’s just for you big guy.

Single Dad Who Has Fostered Over 30 Kids Officially Adopts 5 Siblings

Lamont Thomas Adopts 5 Siblings
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Lamont Thomas has long been an advocate for children as a foster parent in Buffalo, NY. Back in 2000, friends of Lamont had lost their child to social services. Wanting to help, he stepped in to care for the child, an act of kindness that led to Thomas becoming a certified foster parent.

Over the past two decades, the single father has helped raise over 30 children, eventually adopting five of them permanently. That made Lamont father to a total of seven kids including his two biological children LaMonia and Anthony, and the very first boy he ever fostered, Michael. “He was my third foster home and it ended up being my forever home,” 27-year-old Michael Thomas recalled to Good Morning America.

But seven of his own was plenty for Lamont. After Michael, who was the last to be officially adopted, Lamont was ready to settle down and enjoy watching his children build their own lives.

However, fate stepped in recently, bringing the retired caregiver back into the system. Five young siblings were in need of a home. Their father was once in Lamont’s care, so he knew what he had to do. “They had them in four different homes, four different cities. They were separated for over a year-and-a-half,” he shared. Lamont reapplied to the foster program with the intent to adopt all five of the children. After fostering all five kids in-home for the past two years, Lamont made it official last week, adopting the siblings and welcoming them into his family permanently.

“They bring new energy to me. They’re lovable kids, very affectionate,” Lamont said.” “They deserve to be raised as siblings, and that was my fight.” Michael told GMA that caring for children is his father’s “God-given call.” His sister LaMonica echoing the sentiment. “It’s amazing he’s taking on all of them. He does anything for everybody. He’s a really a great man.”

As for Lamont, he’s just glad he could once again be a positive force in these children’s lives, telling GMA “I wanted to make a difference by being a difference, and I love what I do.”

Lamont says there is always a need for foster parents and encourages individuals to apply. To learn more about foster care programs in your area, visit the Children’s Bureau.