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Here's To You, Dad

You've been a rock in our crazy family and quite an inspiration. Happy Father's Day, you goon.

Let me introduce you to my father, John Fecile.

He's been happily married to my mother, Kate, for 27 years.

(I really hope that I got that number right...)

He and Kate have raised five special brats of their own.

In the red shirt is Patrick (#3), then me, Annie (#5), being held by John (#1). Next to John is Michael (#2) and then Emily (#4) is sporting the plaid skirt.

John has a soft spot for annoying, furry things.

Though he hardly admits it, being surrounded by three pugs and two cats at home has helped his love for animals shine through.

Not to mention he's a die hard soccer fan.

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My dad is a season ticket holder to the Philadelphia Union, and always tries to make it to games with his best friends (pictured above). Though at home, he's raised us to love Manchester United.

And he loves my brother, Mike.

Via michaelfecile.org

In 2011, my father's way of life was turned upside down. My second oldest brother, Michael, fell four stories (40 ft.), and was traumatically injured.

But that didn't stop my dad from being any less amazing.

With my parents help and care, we were able to support my brother until his final days. My dad fought for justice towards Mike's accident, and was our rock through it all.

Michael died on May 2nd, 2015. A little over four years after his accident.

His death tore a huge hole into our family. We have all been struggling, my father included. This is the first father's day where my dad won't have Mike by his side, and I want the world to know what an A+ dad he is.

So Dad... I want to thank you.

Thank you for being the man of every hour. For teaching me that all that matters in life is that I'm happy with who I am, who I'm with, and what I do. In all my 16 years of life, you have never tried to change me in any way, and that's a rare thing to come by.

Michael knew how lucky he was to have you as his father. You always made time for him, even when it was just watching TV. And you loved him with every ounce of your soul. You love him purely, disabilities and all. Losing him has been the hardest thing for us, but your strength will forever inspire me.

One day I hope to have your sense of compassion, empathy, and kindness. You are truly an amazing man.

I love you, Pop.

Here's to many more burp ratings, sarcastic conversations, and soccer games.

Now go hug a Pug!!!!!

I'll see you tonight!

With love,

Annie

You can go to www.michaelfecile.org if you wish to learn more about Mike and my family.

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