Dying Father Leaves Daughter With Best Life Advice
Tom Attwater, father and husband, is dying of a brain tumor. This however, isn't his biggest concern; that would be his five year old daughter Kelli. At only five-years-old Kelli has beat cancer twice. Unfortunately she is likely to relapse. Attwater is on a mission to raise $820,000 dollars for his daughter's cancer treatment. He is half way there but his time to meet his goal is running out. He says, “Some people have advised me to slow down and concentrate on enjoying the rest of my days. But how can I knowing Kelli’s bright life might be cut short? Fundraising is a lot of hard work, especially on days when I feel too poorly to get out of bed. But I honestly feel I can’t relax until I know Kelli can have the best chance of a long and full life. I’ve run out of chances, luck and time but have had a wonderful life. So if I drop dead tomorrow, I know I will have done my best for Kelli.”
Besides the money he is fundraising, Attwater also wrote a touching letter for his daughter consisting of life advice for his young girl.
Here are a few pieces of advice he offered:
"Everyone will say it’s vital to work hard at school. Hopefully you’ll always do your best. I did well at school but did it do me much good in life? Not really. School work IS important, but make sure you have fun too."
"Sadly, you will have your heart broken one day. It hurts like hell and will feel like the end of the world. But you will get over it. And even if a romance doesn’t work out, try to be kind."
"I often dreamt about your wedding day and imagined filling up with tears as I walked you down the aisle before giving you away. I won’t be able to do that Kelli. Sorry sweetheart. But I will be looking over your shoulder on that day, proud and happy you have found a special someone to love you and care for you."
"When you’re a teenager you might think your friends are right and your mum is wrong. But she has to make hard decisions for you and, more than any friend you’ll ever have, has your interests at heart."
"Do what makes you happy and that you enjoy. If you do so, life suddenly becomes much, much easier."
"Most dads teach their daughters to drive and usually fall out in the process. Make sure you learn how to drive as soon you can – it opens up the world for you. Also, make sure Mummy doesn’t teach you"
"You never laugh at 50%: you always laugh at 100%. Your laugh takes over your whole body and is highly infectious. I hope you never lose that."
Read more of Tom's letter here.