Saturday, June 18, 2011

Project 1-2-3: Day 50 - Thoughts from a Dad

Note: Starting May 1st and continuing for the 123 days leading up to the start of the 2011 college football season, "Project 1-2-3" will share pictures, videos and memorable moments from the last nine years of Special Spectators game day events.

In honor of Father's Day, David Hamilton, father of Olivia Hamilton, shares his thoughts and observations of the Special Spectators game day event they attended at Oklahoma State in 2010.

Liv was very excited about being a Special Spectator. She's pretty shy, but it helped that she knew two other Special Spectators - Blade and Morgan.

It was a great and long, long day, but from the start until the end, Liv didn't crash mentally or physically. Going through treatment, cancer patients get very worn out. It didn't happen to Liv or any of the other kids. There wasn't a time when I looked at any of the Special Spectators and didn't see a smile on their faces. It was one of those days where they could break the monotony and not have to worry about hospitals or meds and could do what normal kids do - have some fun! Cancer and other ailments took a back seat that day.

One of my favorite memories is when the kids got to be without their parents and went with the Special Spectators and Oklahoma State representatives touring other facilities and visiting other suites including the OSU President's and Garth Brooks'. He wasn't there, but the kids met his wife, Trisha Yearwood. The kids spoke with her, received autographs, took pictures with her and received a copy of her latest CD. Liv called me to tell me all about it - she couldn't believe who she had just met.

I could go on forever about the memories. All in all, it was one of the greatest times of my life, as well as my daughter's. Leaving the stadium that night Olivia said, "I don't want to leave or this day to end."

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