Napkin Notes Dad

Napkin Notes Dad

Napkin Notes Dad

Every day at lunchtime, 14-year-old Emma Claire Callaghan gets a small but incredibly thoughtful reminder of her father’s love.

Her dad, Garth Callaghan, has written Emma notes on napkins for years, and says it became a passion when she was in third grade. Then, last November, he stepped up his game. Callaghan pledged to write 826 notes for Emma — one for everyday until she graduates from high school –

Her dad, Garth Callaghan, has written Emma notes on napkins for years

He was inspired by “because I said I would,” a social movement “dedicated to bettering humanity through the power of a promise.” But, the notes are so important to him for a very personal reason.

Callaghan was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2011, prostate cancer in 2012 and then this past October, with a new occurrence of kidney cancer, now stage 4. Though dad says he’s healthy today, statistically he has “about a 10% five-year survival rate,” he explained to The Huffington Post in an email.

Dad writes a new note everyday, but he’s stockpiled a bunch “just in case.”

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“I want my daughter to know how much I love her and want her to grow up to be a strong, positive, self-confident woman,” he told HuffPost. “I wanted that before I was diagnosed, but now I recognize that our time together is finite.”

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In the meantime, dad posts images of the notes — that always start with “Dear Emma” — on his blog and Facebook page. The messages include his personal beliefs and words of support for her. And of course, Dr. Seuss quotes make appearances.

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“I hope to be able to fulfill my promise in person, but in the event that I succumb to cancer — or anything else for that matter — my daughter will have written proof of my love for her and my philosophies on life,” he said.

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Check out Garth’s site here: http://www.napkinnotesdad.com

Source: (Photo/Story via Mandy Velez & The Huffington Post)

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