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FINDING A CURE!
The middle child, with an older and younger brother….I certainly gave my Dad a run for his money. Recently we were having lunch, and he looked at me and said, “I’m proud of you, and I am not sure how I survived your shenanigans” One word….patience! I grew up with a calm, cool and patient example, even when he'd catch me sneaking back “in” the house, or the many times I handed him a speeding ticket. It is a wonder he did survive my shenanigans! My Dad graduated from Mississippi State University and after relocating to Virginia to work for the Federal Government, he earned his MBA from George Mason University. College baseball, basketball, a sharpshooter, an excellent bowler and golfer, my Dad is the true definition of a jock. Yes, I am bragging on my Dad, but he truly is the greatest and most intelligent man I know.
In 2007, my Dad was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, my husband and I lost our daughter Madelyn Bailee to trisomy 13&17, and a few months later my mother died of a cerebral hemorrhage. My
he put aside his own diagnosis to nurture me during a horrible season of my life. The last decade, while his health has continually declined, his positive attitude has only increased. He’s no longer able to tie a shoe, swing a bat, or walk without assistance, but he still smiles about everything! If I am having a bad day, I think of how he smiles on his most challenging of days, and I snap out of it! There needs to be a cure for this horrible disease! The Rusty Willow is committed to donating a portion of all sales to the Parkinson’s Foundation. If you would like to learn more, or donate additional funds, please click the learn more link.
Sadly, my Dad lost his battle with this horrible disease on May 2, 2019. We love you Pop’s, you’ll always be our #johnny.
Let your roots grow down into Him and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught and you will overflow with thankfulness~
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