Sully Says: Father's Day on Facebook
I don't think Facebook has ever had a better day.
Father's Day 2013 featured lots of love for dads everywhere, including my dad who passed away way too early 21 years ago. One of my sisters posted a great picture of her dancing with our dad at her wedding.
It's amazing how many memories one picture can trigger.
I have way too many Facebook friends that I don't know. Father's Day was a day where I got to know a lot of them better. So many great posts from thankful sons, daughters and dads. It was great to see all the "dad" love on Sunday.
This was a painfully sad Father's Day for one of my Facebook friends. I worked with Todd Curtis when he was with the Arkansas Razorback Sports Network. We share a passion for sports.
Todd lost his teenaged son, Jordan, on Father's Day weekend.
I never met Jordan, but I feel like I know him after spending some time looking at Todd and Jordan's Facebook pages and a page that was created to follow Jordan's battle with cancer, "Jordan's Journey."
"Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul. Don't give up, don't ever give up." Former North Carolina St. Coach Jim Valvano said that about battling cancer.
Coach Valvano would have been proud of Jordan Curtis. He battled what was essentially a death sentence with courage and optimism.
This is a Facebook post from Jordan on January 17:"Checking into the hospital for a 7 day chemotherapy session as we speak."Hopefully, all is well with my countless supporters, and your continued prayers will certainly carry me through this difficult time. I'm determined to win this battle and live up to the kind words each of you has directed my way. All of the prayers are much appreciated, and I will update again once I bust outta here."Well, I hope everyone has a great week and thanks again for everything!"
Another post from Jordan in February."Well, I'm about to check into the hospital for my second round of chemo. It's gonna be a long week, but I'm ready to get this out of the way."Thank you to everyone for the continued support, and your prayers are deeply appreciated (especially during this tough week). I hope all is well with everyone and that each of you has a great weekend."I'll leave you with a quote my sister sent to me. It's from Lance Armstrong, and despite his recent cheating scandal, he still raised a lot of money for cancer and personally fought it.'If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or Fight Like Hell'."
Jordan's last Facebook post came on April 7. It included these words of thanks."I wanted to thank each of you again for the continued prayers and support coming my way. I wouldn't have made it this far without y'all, and I am deeply indebted to all who have prayed and extended kind words."I continue to pray for each of you in return. I hope everyone has a great week, and I'll check back in again soon."
The picture attached to this story is Jordan with his Dad and Coach Bielema.
I'll end with a Facebook post from one of Jordan's friends, Justin Talbert."I just want to publicly honor Jordan's life."I was blessed with 10 years of soccer with him, which included countless carpools, endless laughs and innumerable inside jokes. And also 4 years of high school, of which other friends have alluded to (lunch table and study sessions!)."What a servant. That's the word I keep coming to: service. Down to the smallest detail like who would go fetch the loose ball...Jordan every time. Every time. A humble friend, indeed. And fierce teammate."Gosh. My words seem so inadequate right now. So I'll just conclude this way: Jordan, in Heaven, at the throne of grace where you are right now, may you always shoot upper ninety, may your plasmas always stick, and may the Cubs always win the World Series!"You're loved and missed, friend."