|We first met Emily when she was
chosen to be in a commercial for the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation
several years ago (and to this day, we’re pretty sure that it would have
been nearly impossible to find a cuter kid). She and Jeff hit it
off right away, and Emily and her family have been friends of the JGCF
We are honored that Emily’s Dad, Jim, agreed to write a blog post for
us. His first-hand experience with Emily’s cancer has armed him
with a remarkable perspective, and we just love his gentle wit (perhaps
honed during his full-time job as a Dad to Emily and her two younger
DADS DON’T LET GO –
By Jim Jones
Whenever I go grocery shopping and I’m in the checkout line, the checker
asks the question “How are you doing today?” My response is always the
same; “I’m tired! How are you?”
I think Kroger employees have heard me say this at least once a week for
the last 13+ years yet they always look puzzled by my honesty.
If they would remember that I’m a stay at home father to three very
active girls/ young ladies/ schedule destroyers, they wouldn’t be shocked
that I randomly fall asleep at any time sitting up.
I don’t think I have an extenuating medical issue; I’m just a middle-aged
dad who desperately wants a quiet space with a pillow.
Father’s Day is the one day each year that I can catch my breath, because
I usually don’t have to do chores, cook meals, or even wake up early. My
incredible wife makes sure that I’m off kid patrol and the entire family
goes out of their way to make me feel special.
I know that I’m blessed this way and please believe me when I say that I
don’t take it for granted. Having a ‘normal’ life like the one I have now
does not go unappreciated.
My oldest daughter, Emily, was 10 days shy of her 4th birthday when scans
revealed that she had bilateral Wilms’ tumors, also known as stage 5