I doubt James Taylor was singing this song for Dan Hughes, which makes him the only one not talking about Dan and his band of merry men. I like to think that JT would be cool with it. Does Sweet Baby James read DadCentric? He should, he’s got kids.
The internet has been abuzz with tales of Dan, a blogger and a gentleman from the U.K. (All That Comes With It) and the quest that he and nine friends have undertaken to support a cause close to all of us.
The lads are walking 78 miles through the countryside of England in six days to raise money and awareness for the Joseph Salmon Trust. As a matter of fact, at the time of this writing Day 1 is already in the books and I assume that their collective feet are soaking and beers are being savored. So far, so good.
If you are unfamiliar with “The Walk” or the charity they are supporting, then here is what you should know. The Joseph Salmon Trust has been set up to help parents bereaved of a child.
Joseph Salmon was a happy and seemingly healthy 3-year-old little boy, no different than the two small boys sleeping down the hall from where I now sit. No different than your son or your daughter. No different than we ourselves were so many years ago.
In the words of his parents, Neil and Rachael Salmon, “Joseph was a happy, healthy three year old who loved life. He enjoyed playing with his toy trains, his cars and his pretend kitchen. He had a busy social life, with lots of friends from nursery, friends who lived nearby and his little sister. He enjoyed cooking with his mummy, going on trains and buses with his daddy, and playing outside with anyone who would join in. Joseph had a passion for books and had just started to ‘read’ them to his younger sister.
“It felt like his life was just beginning.”
Joseph died on April 1st, 2005.
He died from streptococcal pneumonia. “It’s very rare and it took him, although suddenly, very peacefully,” said his mother. “When I went in to him in the morning it was obvious from his posture that he’d just gone into a deeper and deeper sleep and never knew anything about it. This too is what all the medical personnel associated with him told us. There are not many (if any) consolations when you lose a child, but at least he didn’t suffer. And as a parent, it’s one of the things you want most for your child isn’t it?”
Chances are that if you are reading DadCentric you are a parent, and if not there is an even better chance that you are someone’s child. This isn’t a charity based on hope and cures. This is a charity for those that have lost more than anyone ever should. It is a charity for remembering.
On behalf of DadCentric, thank you, Dan. Thank you to you and your friends, and best of luck.