In Memory of my Dad, Guy Solimine - My Personal Page - Melissa Solimine
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Dear Family, Friends, and Colleagues,
You all know me, I’m an open book. I wear my heart on my sleeve, and I share my story because I honestly don’t know any other way to cope. So first off, thank you for listening.
This year will mark 2 years that my Dad is gone. He may be physically gone, but he is certainly not lost as I carry him with me in everything that I do. And if you know me, you know I never stop talking about him. Or bringing him up in any conversation that I can. And if the conversation doesn’t even involve him, I always sneak him in somehow. And I see signs everywhere, whether it’s a blue bird or a Bon Jovi song on the radio (which you all know I can’t stand my families obsession with Bon Jovi). And one of the things I always ask myself when I’m not sure what to do, is “What would Dad do?” He is my voice of reason, he is my guiding light. Even when I get mad at the world for taking him too soon, I pretend to be him. How would he handle this situation? Or at least how would he spin it in the most positive way he could? I try to get into his head and think like him. Because you know what? He was always right! And I wish I would have had more chances to tell him that. To thank him for his sacrifices, for keeping family tradition alive. For proving me wrong even when I didn’t want to hear it. For being our superhero and setting the best example that a parent could. For showing me unconditional love. I know he knows it and I know he can hear me, so thank you Dad for being your best, you don’t even know how much you are missed.
And with this note, I would like to invite you all to join me in this year’s Miracles 4 Myeloma 5k. Although the disease took my dad, there’s still so many others out there who are affected. And if we can help share his story, and help others get one step closer to a cure, I’m all for the cause. After all, Guy was a great guy. And in fact, he was the best. Because he always put others first and he always wanted to lend a hand.
Thank you for caring and your generosity. Our family still learns how to live without him, but we stick together and we appreciate all of your support!
"Tough times don't last, tough 'Guys' do."
Below is my original message, a little bit more about my Dad:
Dear Family, Friends, Colleagues, and anyone that ever crossed paths with my Dad -
It is with a saddened yet hopeful heart that I write this note to our team. After a two year fight, my dad's battle with Multiple Myeloma ended on June 22nd, 2017. He peacefully passed with our family surrounding him.
My dad was always driven to succeed. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and received his Masters in Business Administration. He went on to become a successful Executive Account Manager for Motorola and Zebra Technologies and was recently recognized for his loyal service of 35 years.
Everyone who crossed paths with my dad knew how much he valued his family, friends, and career. He always put others first and was known by all for his selflessness and generosity.
I created team Guy's Guys in 2015 after his diagnosis. The amount of support and love that we have received from family and friends has deeply humbled and changed the way I look at life. This year will have more meaning than I could have ever anticipated. Life has thrown us a curveball, but I know we are strong and will continue to live in his legacy. I know he is looking down on us and is proud of the individuals we have become. My dad has always been a driving force in my life and I am a better person because of him. Three years ago I was honored to walk alongside him, this year I will walk for him, and with him in my heart. Thank you for being there for my family during this difficult time. It means more than I could ever express.
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