Monday, June 16, 2008

A Hero for a "Hero"

This week's theme: Dads of special needs children

Today I'm going to meander away from the topic of autism and write about a family affected by epilepsy, a neurological disorder characterized by seizures. I don't watch the popular (and tempting) American television show Heroes, but I became a fan actor Greg Grunberg way back when the original episodes of Felicity were airing on television.

After reading a recent article, I think I can still call myself a fan of the well known actor that obviously has his priorities set straight. Greg Grunberg's job is to play a mind-reading police officer on Heroes. In real life he is a husband and a father to three boys. His oldest son Jake, 12, has epilepsy.

Grunberg also plays drums for the group, Band from TV, and supports awareness and fundraising activities for his favorite cause: epilepsy. However, the modest Grunberg, said his son Jake is the true star of the family. In a recent article in People magazine, Grunberg is quoted as calling his son "his hero." An example of the younger Grunberg's heroics is performing a Taekwondo routine for a school talent show minutes after having a seizure.

A quote from the article: "I was like, Jake, don't worry about [the show], it's not a big deal," he recalls. "But he had this steel look in his eyes and said, 'I'm doing it.' If that happened to me I would go home and bury my head in the sand. He doesn't let anything stand in his way. I'm so lucky to be his dad."

My thoughts: This isn't the first time I've heard a parent of a child with a health condition call their offspring "a hero." Sometimes the child can be considered a hero for inspiring a parent to be a stronger, better person. As for the dad featured today, something tells me the feeling is mutual between Jake and his dad, Greg. In my opinion, both Grunbergs are heroes.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My mom calls my sister, who is disabled "Her hero." I don't know about that statement yet. Not sure about it.