15 Incredible Dads Who Deserve Some Kind Of Award

Game On!

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For some reason, dads are often portrayed as bumbling dudes who only know how to grill and maybe go fishing — at least on TV and in movies. But the truth is that most guys are kind of amazing, and go above and beyond for their kids on a daily basis. For example, this dad has decided that just because you're an adult doesn't mean you can't still act like a kid and take your love of Mario Kart up a few dozen notches. What kid wouldn't love his own race car wrapped up in duct tape? It's a memory they'll never forget.

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He Wears Short Shorts

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Part of being a great dad is teaching your child a lesson — and sometimes you have to lead by example. So when his young daughter wanted to wear short shorts, dad decided to show her that if she wants to wear short shorts, so does he. Now I don't know about you, but if my dad had done this when I was in middle school, I think I would have been okay wearing pants a little bit longer — no pun intended. But lesson learned!

Not Skirting The Issue

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When Nils Pickert discovered his son preferred wearing skirts and dresses instead of pants, he had the best reaction. Instead of forcing his son to wear pants, he decided to join in to make him feel comfortable. "I care more about my boy being a self-assured, compassionate person," he told The Huffington Post. "I couldn't care less about the choices he makes on the way to becoming that person — as long as they cause no harm to himself or others."

Every Scar Tells A Story

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This is Josh Marshall with his then 8-year-old son Gabriel Marshall. In March 2015, Gabriel was diagnosed with a form of cancer called anaplastic astrocytoma, a rare malignant brain tumor. He was able to have successful surgery, but Gabriel admitted he felt like a “monster” because of a large scar he has as a result of his surgery. "This broke my heart," Marshall said. The amazing father's solution was to get a tattoo that resembled his son's scar. "I told him if people wanted to stare, they could stare at both of us," he said.

Wave At The Bus

Wave At The Bus

Instead of waving goodbye to his son before school like every other father, Dale Price decided to do something different. For every single day of the year, Price donned a different costume to send his son off to high school. From the Terminator to Merida to the movie Brave, Price wore about 170 costumes over the course of the year. While most high school kids would be a bit embarrassed, you have to think his son gave dad points for creativity.

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Pretty, Pretty Princess

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If there's one thing that makes a great dad, it's the fact that they're willing to do anything to make their children happy. And you know what? Sometimes that means putting on a tiara and some earrings just to make sure his little girl has a smile on her face. Although...where is her tiara? I'm guess she loaned it out to dad for awhile.

Let It Go, Let It Go

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Devoted father Rob Chillingworth was snapped riding the subway with his daughter Ruby, who was dressed as snowman Olaf, on the way to a party. The heavy metal fan and tattoo shop owner was also sporting his own blue sparkly dress and cape specially made to resemble Elsa from "Frozen". "The kids had to dress up. I thought I had to as well," he said. "Ruby said 'you be Elsa'. I had to get the dress made as I'm a big geezer and you can't get them in my size." I don't know about you, but I'll never look at Elsa the same way again!

Life On The Road

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Nine-year-old Joselyn's doll “Abbie” really wanted to go trucking with her father, Trent McCain — Abbie’s “grandfather”. She asked her dad if he’d take her doll and the road and he obliged the babysitting duties. “We decided to have a little fun and post pictures of our travels,” her dad explained in a post on his company’s Facebook page. “I didn’t want Joselyn thinking I threw Abbie in the sleeper and forgot about her.” And you know his daughter will never forget that!

Somewhere In Space

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Some kids have blanket forts, but this lucky little dude has a spaceship designed by none other than good ol' dad. Daniel Sherrouse, who blogs at All We Have Is Gravity, built a spaceship simulator for his son, Noah, so the 1-year-old can boldly go where no toddler has gone before. Or at least go where no toddler has gone before in their back yard. His goal for the project? “I hope that it inspires him to have a life-long love of science and wonder,” he wrote.

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Coming Out Never Sounded So Good

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Coming out as gay to your parents can be a terrifying thing for a teenager. Even if you know that your parents love you, it's not an easy thing to talk to them about. But when one dad overheard his son making plans to tell his parents he was gay, he decided to make it easier on him by writing a letter that went instantly viral. In part it reads:"I overheard your phone conversation with Mike last night about your plans to come out to me. The only thing I need you to plan is to bring home OJ and bread after class. We are out, like you now. I’ve known you were gay since you were six, I’ve loved you since you were born. P.S. Your mom and I think you and Mike make a cute couple."

Giving Him His Own Day

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Connor Harrison wasn't able to have a normal childhood thanks to being struck with cancer not once, but twice by the age of 12. When his parents were told the cancer was back, they were also told that this time, he had 11 weeks to live, which is a parent's worst nightmare. But instead of dooming and glooming, his father, Scott, took action. Connor wanted to see a car show, but there were none in the area. So dad looked to the Internet, and how did they respond? With nearly 2,200 cars and 4,000 people. Sadly, he recently lost his battle, but he was given a memory he'll never forget.

Oh, The Places You'll Go

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Everyone knows the Dr. Seuss classic, "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" and it's often given to high school grads as a gift. But one dad totally stepped up his game by purchasing a copy and asking every one of his daughter's teachers/coaches/mentors to write her something special over the course of 13 years. I'm not even kidding. Then on graduation day, he presented her with what might be the single most incredible gift that she could ever get.

Take A Seat

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If there's an image that encapsulates the sacrifices and love that a father has for his child, this might be it. After a long day of work, this dad still knows what his most important job is — taking care of that little girl. So he gave up his seat on the subway and showed her that reading is not only important, but that it can be fun and done anywhere. She might not realize it now, but it will be those little, simple moments that mean the most.

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When Food Becomes Art

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Taking a lunch to school isn't the most exciting thing in the world — unless your dad is David LaFerriere, who has illustrated his kids' lunch bags with a Sharpie marker since 2008. And during those five years, none of his drawings have been the same. "I used to work nights at a newspaper, and I'd be up early in the morning making my kids sandwiches," LaFerriere, a graphic designer at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, told "Mashable." "I started drawing on the baggies, sort of as a way to channel my creative juices in the morning, and it just ended up sticking." The kids — and their friends — look forward to it every day.

Walking The Walk

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Yu Xukang, a proud and loving father in Yibin county in China, travels a total of 18 miles to ensure that Xiao Qiang, his disabled 12-year-old son, can go to school. He carries him every day 4.5 miles to the nearest school that would accommodate him and walks back home to work, making the same trip again to pick him up and take him home. Qiang cannot make the trip because his legs and arms are twisted. “I am proud of the fact that he is already top of his class and I know he will achieve great things,” he said. “My dream is that he will go to college…I know that my son is physically disabled but there is nothing wrong with his mind.” Can we hear it for all of the dads out there?

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