This Father’s Day we spotlight Michael, father of a recent FOCUS Program graduate, Malika, age 12.
Michael and Irene have been married for 30 years, are high school sweethearts, best friends, and have created a beautiful family together. Their love and support have nurtured the growth of their two daughters. And though Michael and Irene are very much a partnership, Irene believes that Michael gives his all not just to her, but to their two daughters and other family members.
Malika, Michael and Irene’s eldest daughter, was diagnosed with autism at an early age. Though their family has had some hardships, they have remained resilient and have become an even closer knit group. When Malika graduated from The Foundling’s Families Offering Care and Unconditional Support (FOCUS) Program, Michael made sure he was at her graduation party though it was midday during work hours. Michael dedicates his time by coaching Malika’s baseball team, volunteering to do maintenance work at her music school, and attends all events possible—even if it’s just for a little bit.
“Even when he comes home tired, Michael never fails to spend time with his girls” said Irene. The love, dedication and nurturance Michael displays everyday are just a few reasons why he deserves to be highlighted this Father’s Day.