Terminally ill dad celebrates Christmas early for his baby son
For terminally ill Jay Clark, every second is precious with his baby son.
The 41-year-old feared he would not live to see his son’s first Christmas after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year.
So the dad’s already adorned his house in decorations, wrapped all the presents and invited Santa over for an early Christmas celebration with 10-month-old son, Maxie, reports The Mirror.
The little boy not only got to meet the jolly man in red, he also saw snow for the first time – thanks to a handy snow machine.
Jay told the newspaper: ‘Today had to be as special as possible because Maxie’s so young. The pictures are memories that will never fade away.
‘And when he reads this one day, I hope he’s had a happy life and I hope he’s learned from daddy’s experiences, like dealing with life’s adversities.’
Jay and his wife Caroline had been led to believe they were infertile after spending £21,000 on failed IVF treatments.
Last May, the couple received the unexpected news that Caroline was finally pregnant.
But their joy was short lived when Jay was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just seven months into Caroline’s pregnancy – and doctors told them it was inoperable.
Now Jay is trying to create as many happy memories as possible for his son before he dies.
He has already written Christmas and birthday cards for Maxie up to the age of 18, and has presents set aside for big occasions.
Jay has also started a JustGiving page to hep support Caroline and Maxie after he passes.
‘Of course I want to be there for him in real life, but I’ve got to go to another place. I’ve totally accepted that now. I’ve even arranged my own funeral,’ he added.