What an incredibly inspiring story…

April 8, 2011

BREMERTON, Wash. — Christopher Cady knows a thing or two about the Navy. He’s an active duty sailor working in the priority materials office.

He also knows a thing or two about fatherhood, about the unconditional love of a dad for a son.

Cady is a single father. His son, Joshua, has been dealt a pretty tough hand. The boy was born with congenital cytomegalovirus.

Cady doesn’t know how much his 11-year-old son understands, how long he’ll have him to love.

“I like to do as much as I can with him and cherish every moment with him, because I don’t know how many more there will be,” he said.

He has the help of a nurse for chunks of the day, so he can sleep and work. The rest of the time, it’s just father and son, doing the best they can.

“I’m Joshua’s arms, legs and voice,” Cady said. “I have to do everything for him, you know?”

Cady was one of 600 entries for the Military Fatherhood Award, which covers all branches from all states. He has made it to the final three.

Cady has become a strong advocate for special needs parents. He’s involved in the Washington State Fathers Network, and says he draws strength from it.

Josh loves to have his head rubbed. The smile gives him away every time.

The kid’s had a rough go of it, and the future is a question mark. But in the dad department at least, the boy really lucked out.

“I just love every minute I can get with him,” said his father.

The original story appeared here.