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July 21, 2012

Support a Dad Facing His Son’s Medical Tragedy

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Written by: William Scheckel
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This is why I love social media – really. Tragedies befall all of us, big and small, and a big part of parenting is being there to help our little ones deal with the things they think are tragedies (like losing a Lego) so later they can work through the big ones we hope they never have to deal with. What we’re really teaching them, though, is that they’re not alone.

I teach social media to my students and clients and the real thing I teach them is that they can build a community that will be there for them. Communities give us support when we need it, whether it’s by saying happy birthday, giving us a quick update, letting us know important news or being there for us when our problems are bigger than ourselves.

This dad’s 1 year-old son was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. It’s one of those moments that make us think “there, but for the grace of God, go I” (I think that, and I’m not even a religious person). But he’s not alone. He’s turned to his social media community with a fundraiser to help his family get through this. Using technology and his considerable talents, he’s doing everything he can for his family.

Watch, enjoy and please consider supporting this dad. Help this family feel that, no matter how bad things are, they’re not alone. Tomorrow it could be any one of us.
Click here to go to his fundraising page.

About the Author

William Scheckel
Editor-in-Chief of The Fathers' Lounge, Marketing Consultant, Social Media Professor and, of course, Dad. For more on the professional me, visit

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