You’ve heard a lot about this recently, and after months of preparation and anticipation, the Event of the Summer is finally here!
That’s right! We’ve reached July, the heart of the summer (in the northern hemisphere, anyway), and it’s finally time for the Dads4Kesem Walk along the Hadrian’s Wall Path! The walk will take place July 10-16, and include three members of the Dad 2.0 Summit team (check out the video welcomes from co-founders John Pacini and Doug French, and social media manager Whit Honea). They’ll join nine other dads to honor our friend Oren Miller and to support Camp Kesem, which offers free summer camps to children whose lives have been touched by a parent’s cancer. Kesem operates these camps in over 80 locations in 38 states, and this summer it will serve more than 6,000 children.
Each camp is associated with a college campus, and we plan to raise seed money for a new chapter at Oren’s alma mater, the University of Maryland. A quick look at the math yields this: 12 men, 500+ years of combined age, walking 84 miles in 7 days, to raise $40,000.
That, believe it or not, is the easy part.
The rest comes from donations from Viewers Like You, and we’re grateful for every last smidgen of support, whether it’s five bucks, five cents, or just five minutes of your time spreading the word. You’ll be hearing a lot about the Daring Dozen over the next 2-3 weeks, on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and blog posts and videos like these:
- Walking For A New Camp, by Phil Corless
- I’m Walking 84 Miles in England with 12 Dads to Help 3 Million Children, by Jim Higley
- Summer Camp, Cancer, and 84 Miles To Go, by Brent Almond
- Why I’m Walking 84-Miles Across England This Summer, by Chris Routly
To learn more about the walk and everyone involved, please visit Dads4Kesem.org and follow at the social handles linked above. And look for us on the second day of the walk, July 11, which we’ve adopted as “Dad 2 on Day 2 Day!” We thank you for your support.
In other news, it’s July 1, and that means our Father’s Day Sale has finished. We’re happy to announce that is was a tremendous success, and Dad 2.017 is at over 90% capacity! Also, San Diego is lovely in February. Take that how you will.
In more other news, Monday is the Fourth of July, and we hope all of our friends in the United States have a great one!
IN THE NEWS
At Scary Mommy, Wendy Wisner gives “A Shout-Out To All The Feminist Dads.”
Resolving to improve his health, a dad started running with his four daughters and created a 30-year tradition.
Apparently Drumpf doesn’t think too highly of modern fatherhood. Is anyone actually surprised?
Here are Romper’s 10 lessons that single dads can teach their daughters that will help make them better mothers.
A new study asserts that an overweight dad could increase his daughter’s risk of breast cancer.
From the Boston Globe, Taylor de Lench writes “The story of a son with a transgender father: ‘My dad never changed inside’.”
Gender roles are still rigid in India, but times are definitely changing.
Esquire shares one of the toughest gestures of tough love we’ve ever seen: Johnny Manziel’s father wants him to go to jail.
“The best thing that we can do as moms is to step back and give our kids some space with their dads,” by Gabrielle Pfeiffer at Huffington Post.
Are Canada’s tax benefits sexist? You decide:
- Chris McKee (Mr. McKee if you’re nasty) writes that “Toilet Training Toddler All About Control.”
- Dadmissions’ Pete Wilgoren looks in the “Rear View Mirror: Going In A New Direction.”
- At the Plaid Dad Blog, Aaron Saufley shares his “Quick Thoughts on Dadding a Big Family.”
- Daniel Phnut of Daddy Burns the Salad on “Anger & Discipline & Sigur Rós.”
- Out With the Kids’ Jeff Bogle “In Support of Those Who Support Those Battling Depression.”
Fatherhood on Friday will be on hiatus (hike-atus?) the next two weeks due to our participation in the Dads4Kesem walk. Please follow our social handles for updates and interactions from the road/wall/occasional pub, and we’ll see you right back here on Friday, July 22.