Big daddy love

Friday - - Contents - Karen Pasquali Jones Edi­tor kpasqual­i­

E very fa­ther wants the best for his chil­dren, and Tom Attwa­ter is no ex­cep­tion. Only he isn’t hop­ing that his lit­tle girl be­comes a lawyer when she grows up, or that she gets the lead in the school play next year. Tom is des­per­ate for five-year-old Kelli to re­ceive treat­ment to cure her cancer – which could be fa­tal.

He wants to take her to Ger­many or Amer­ica for surgery that costs Dh3 mil­lion, so he is busy fundrais­ing by or­gan­is­ing cake sales, karaoke nights and walkathons.

What makes the 31-year-old dad ex­tra spe­cial is that he’s do­ing all this while com­ing to terms with ter­mi­nal cancer. Tom was di­ag­nosed with a brain tu­mour in 2012 and given just three years to live last April.

In­stead of think­ing about him­self, he is de­ter­mined to save his step-daugh­ter’s life. So far he has raised three-quar­ters of the money he needs and won’t give up un­til he has it all.

He has also writ­ten a heart-break­ing let­ter to his lit­tle girl, pass­ing on the lessons he’s learnt in life. I burst into tears af­ter read­ing it – and can’t stop think­ing about this brave dad and his gor­geous daugh­ter. Turn to page 48 to read his in­cred­i­ble story and if you’d like to help visit www.just­giv­­kelli. Un­til next week,

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