Updated January 14, 2007
This Site Is Dedicated To My Dad.
His Storm Ended Janurary 14, 2007.

Tonight, my dad's battle with cancer ended peacefully at 9:34pm EST, after almost a year. His illness was in many ways like different types of deadly weather. It started like a "pulse event", a severe storm that popped up with little warning, did a lot of damage, hurt a lot of people and then, we thought passed.

The doctors did surgery and "hit a home run" - they thought they got it all, but THEY were wrong. As his illness progressed, it was more like a hurricane - we knew something terrible was coming - slowly, we knew it was going to be bad, but we counted on a steady forward speed and direction. WE were wrong. All of a sudden it turned hard and it sped up and it took him fast. I know hurricanes can do that; I've seen it happen, but I prayed my dad's storm wouldn't take him so quickly.

My dad lived a good life - he missed his 78th birthday by only two weeks. He loved a lot, he WAS loved a lot and he'll be missed a lot.

He'd been through his share of storms. In the Navy, he went through plenty of big blows and he used to say, when people asked him "did you ever get seasick?" " yeah, but only once... unfortunately, it started the day I got on the ship and lasted until I got off!" He lived on campus at NC State University when Hazel slammed North Carolina in 1954. He watched the storm ravage Raleigh, tossing giant oak trees, roof tiles and everything else not tied down around his dorm and spiking the giant tiles into the ground.

In 1988, it was he who woke me, banging on my front door, after an F4 touched down less than a mile from both our houses, killed four people and did massive damage along an 84 mile path, during one of those pulse events.

I'd give anything if we'd been able to prepare for dad's disaster and prevent it and I feel so helpless and sad that I couldn't just give him some safety tips and protect him like he always wanted to protect me. His NOAA weather radio didn't have a CANCER WARNING. He was always proud and supportive of my passion to teach people to be prepared for disasters.

He always got nervous when we'd leave for a hurricane deployment or go out during an ice storm or severe thunderstorm. He knew we'd be as safe as possible and he was glad that we could help other people by getting REAL, ACCURATE and TRUE reports out of the stricken areas, but he also knew it was dangerous and he worried about his boy.

My dad's only been gone for a few hours and I am so heartbroken by the way he was taken from us. With StormStudy.com and the Storm Education Team, we've helped support cancer research by helping monitor weather to help protect the guests at the Jimmy V. Celebrity Golf Classic for 7 years. This event has been a major contributor to cancer research. I never thought when he'd ask "what are you doing this weekend" that when I told him we were "doing the Jimmy V." that HE'D become a victim of that terrible disease just months before we did our most recent one. You can help protect future generations from suffering my beloved dad's fate by supportng the American Cancer Society. 

Cancer's end day will come soon, I hope, but as long as the Earth spins, dangerous weather and other natural disasters will be potential threats to us all. You can't prepare for everything, but you can prepare for those things. Protect your family and the other people you love against the things you can.

Dad never surfed the web once, but I know he can see this, so... I love you dad, I miss you and I'm so sorry we couldn't have that beer I promised you tonight.

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