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When This Dad Found Out He Was Living On Borrowed Time, He Made The Most Of It

NOVEMBER 27, 2016  —  By Matthew Derrick  
Matthew Derrick

Matthew Derrick

Writer and sassy ginger currently residing in central Pennsylvania. Matt spends most of his free time online shopping for clothing that he doesn't need, perfecting the art of eye-rolling, and indulging in all forms of pop culture.

If you knew your time on Earth was limited, what would you do?

Would you let your disease or illness take over and let it run you down, or would you fight and make lasting memories that outweigh any negativity on the horizon?

Hundreds of people across the globe are faced with this decision each and every day. One man was recently diagnosed with cancer, and instead of letting it get the best of him, he's made it his mission in life to create as many amazing memories with his son as possible before he's gone.

Jay and Caroline spent thousands of dollars on IVF treatments in the hopes of getting pregnant. It was nothing short of a miracle when the pair learned their dreams were about to come true. Caroline was carrying a beautiful baby boy!

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However, just three months before his son's due date, Jay was given a deadly cancer diagnosis.

This past January, Caroline and Jay welcomed baby Maxie into the world.

Rather than let cancer stand in the way of getting to know his son, Jay made it his mission to spend as much quality time as possible with the precious little man.

He wanted to make memories that Maxie would grow to cherish when Dad was no longer there to create new ones.

No matter how sick or emotionally drained Jay becomes from cancer treatments, he continues to put Maxie first and make the most out of their beautiful life.

Even on his darkest days, Jay manages to walk through life with courage, a smile, and the occasional goofy face.

He's participated in lots of fun firsts, too! I'm not sure how Maxie feels about this pool adventure, but he'll learn to love the water.

And there's nothing like seeing that twinkle in his son's eye every night at bath time.

Maxie and Jay are two peas in a pod, and it definitely shows.

Jay has decided to forgo further palliative chemotherapy. He's choosing quality over quantity.

Unsure if he would be alive to share in his son's first Christmas, Jay, Caroline and volunteers helped to give Maxie a first Christmas the three of them would never forget.

In between making memories with his son, Jay has also been adamant about promoting awareness of pancreatic cancer.

While Jay's days may be numbered, there's an undeniable fight left in him. There's no doubt in my mind that Maxie will one day exhibit the same courage and passion as his dad.

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What an inspiration. We're wishing Jay, Caroline, and Maxie the happiest of holidays!

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