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Dad Pre-writes Over 800 Daily Notes for His Daughter Because He’s Not Going to Make It

Jan 27, 2014 By Abraham

Garth Callaghan has been diagnosed with cancer three times in the last two years, prostate cancer once and kidney cancer twice. When his doctor understatedly told him he was “high risk,” Garth asked what that meant exactly. His doctor was straightforward with him — “You are going to die of this.”

Statistically speaking, Garth has about an 8% chance of surviving another five years. This means the odds of him seeing his daughter Emma graduate from high school are very low.

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But he’s not going to let that keep him from being with her through those years…

Since Emma was in second grade, Garth has been writing her little notes for her lunchbox. Whether it’s an encouraging comment or an inspiring quote, Emma always opens her lunch to find her napkin contains a special thought from dad.

And now, since he almost certainly won’t be able continue this tradition with Emma for as long as he’d hoped, Garth has pre-written enough Napkin Notes to get his little girl through high school…

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See more on Garth’s website and his Facebook page.

We wish Garth the best and we know, whatever happens, his daughter will always know she has an incredible dad who loves her very much.


  1. sue says:

    I have a note for the Dad…..
    You don’t have an expiration date stamped on you….
    God created you …and only God knows how long you will live.
    I’m praying for you.

    1. Cherie says:

      I completely agree 100%, my doctors told me I had no chance of living more than 3 years, that was in 2006 and I’m still here today!!

      1. Gail says:

        God doesn’t “give” cancer. Sin entered the world… along with disease & death. It was choice. We all live with it now until the world is renewed. This is biblical truth.

      2. bil says:

        why did God give him life in the first place? why did God give him a daughter? why did God give you life?

      3. Saurabh says:

        I think this all is governed by the law of ‘Karma’. Neither is one born nor dead, it is just a state.. We do not grief for our dead childhood when we become adults and similarly we do not grief for our dead youth when we become old..

  2. AliGal says:

    Garth, you are an awesome father and person! God bless you, Emma, and the rest of your family—you probably know this, but He’s got your back. Love and prayers for all of you.

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