Skip Nav
Halloween Costumes 2018
Don't Stress Over Halloween Costumes For Your 1-Year-Old — Here Are 44 Cute Options
Morning Routine With 8-Month-Old Baby
Parenting
How Facetime Calls Help This Family's Morning Routine Run Smoothly
Mom Gets Stuck in Spanx
New Mom
This Video of a Mom Unable to Get in — or Out! — of Her Spanx Is as Real as It Gets
Food News
Target's New Halloween Candy Includes Monster Reese's, Creepy Eyeballs, and So Much More!
Halloween Costumes 2018
14 Costumes Your Toddler Will Absolutely Love This Year — All on Amazon

Stranger Tells Dad to Make His Daughter With Cancer Walk

1 Dad Taught a Stranger About Kindness in the Best Way After He Made a Comment About His Sick Daughter

Brent Gehring knows that people mindlessly scroll through their social media feeds each and every day. And while there are often multiple stories on the web about children who get cancer, it's really hard to imagine what the experience is like until it happens to you. In a now-viral Facebook post, Brent explained that despite the fact his 6-year-old daughter, Emma, has brain cancer, he's always trying to make other people's lives better — even if they make rude comments about her in public.

"Today, I am going to do this by telling you a story. A story that I have only shared with my wife and my daughter, Emma, who was with me," wrote Brent. "The same daughter that was told earlier today that she will soon start her 7th, yes 7th, round of chemotherapy for a brain tumor."

The trouble began when Brent and Emma left Union Oyster House, a restaurant in Boston, after dinner one night. As he was carrying his daughter — who can't walk without a walker — he was heckled by an intrusive stranger.

"When I crossed the street carrying her, she can't walk without the use of her walker," he explained. "A man yelled at me from 30 feet away: 'What the f*ck?' He yelled. 'Make her walk. That's what is wrong with kids today.'"

"Can I make myself feel better by screaming at him or can I teach him something about life?"

Although Brent was understandably furious, he decided to take the high road by calmly explaining Emma's situation to him, rather than flying off the handle.

"I had a choice to make at that time," said Brent. "Can I make myself feel better by screaming at him or can I teach him something about life? I won't lie to you and tell you that it was an easy choice but I got inches from his face, with my daughter in my arms, and quietly asked him if he was referring to my daughter. 'Hell yes' he said."

Then Brent gave the man some important details about Emma's condition — and what he had to say will bring tears to anyone's eyes:

I responded with "My daughter has been carrying my faith and my strength for the past five years since she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She can't walk but I am happy to carry her because of all the amazing things she has taught me through the years. So I would advise you not address my daughter in any way other than respectful."

As you can imagine, the stranger in question immediately realized the error of his ways.

"I won't tell you the rest of the story but it ended with two grown men with tears rolling down their faces," said Brent. "One that needed to have his eyes opened to what real life and real love is and one that is always needing a reminder that good can come from any situation."

Although Brent was eager to set a good example for his daughter in the moment, he hopes his message will serve as a reminder for people to think before they judge others.

"You have the power to make people's days better or worse," he wrote. "What did you do today?? What will you do tomorrow??"

From Our Partners
Rob Delaney Essay About Son Henry
Manu Ginobili's Son's Comment About His Retirement
Dad's Video on Parenting Styles
Father and Daughter Halloween Costumes
Photo of Dax Shepard Fixing His Kid's Bike
Enrique Iglesias's Instagram Video Entertaining His Twins
Eric Decker Dad Moments
The Rock's Women's Equality Day Message to Jasmine
New Dad Firefighters Holding Babies
David Beckham's Cutest Dad Moments
Best James Van Der Beek Parenting Moments
Dad's Story About Toddler Supporting Him While He Pooped
From Our Partners
Latest Moms
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds