For one family, the holidays weren’t so happy this year. Their son, a special forces veteran, was slowly dying of ALS. That’s when Mike Rowe got involved… and went viral in a massive way.
Diane Dodson’s son Jason is, according to her own words to Rowe, “a strong willed, a special forces military man who fought in countries where most of us will never go.” He’s been struggling with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and was a big fan of Rowe,
Rowe, apparently, returned the favor… which had the mother crying. Now, her note to the “Dirty Jobs” host is going viral.
“Dear Mike: I sit here in tears, because of you,” Dodson wrote. “Later this afternoon, he had a horrible experience causing him great discomfort both physical and emotional. After a little time to calm down, and with the help of his girlfriend, they opened his mail, and found what you sent. It brought tears to his eyes just knowing you took the time out to acknowledge him.
“So, from two parents who are watching their son die a slow and horrible death, brought on by defending our freedom in other countries, we send you our deepest gratitude.”
Rowe felt the need to respond publicly, and he did so on his Facebook account
“I suspect words like ‘Merry’ and ‘Happy’ are difficult to hear at the moment, so I’ll forego the holiday greetings, and simply say ‘you’re welcome,’” Rowe began.
“I was very sad to learn of your son’s illness, and deeply humbled that a man like Justin finds me ‘admirable.’ Please assure him the feeling is mutual.
“The truth is, acknowledging Justin’s service is both an honor and a privilege. I know that my freedom and my liberty were bought and paid for by people like your son. I know his freedom is now being removed one day at a time. I know that his liberty is being slowly denied, by an enemy he cannot overcome,” he continued. “I would like you to know, that your note reminded me of just how tenuous it all is. Our freedom. Our liberty. Our health. It’s all so fragile. And so damn easy to take for granted.”
“Your note is a reminder that acknowledging soldiers like Justin, requires me to count my many blessings, and vow to be a better version of myself. Actually Diane, it’s more than a reminder — it’s a gift. A gift from you and your son,” Rowe concluded. “A gift for which we, the undersigned, are most grateful.”
As of Monday morning, Rowe’s response had been liked over 275,000 times and shared over 70,000 times on Facebook.
Mike Rowe is one of television’s most likable stars, and it’s easy to see why. He’s someone who’s not only unpretentious and easy to identify with, he’s also willing to acknowledge the unsung heroes — people like Diane Dodson’s brave son Jason. Our hats are off to Mr. Rowe, and our prayers are with the Dodson family.
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