Mother’s Day of 2013 was a day three young daughters from Sydney, Australia were looking forward to very much. The three girls, Adele, Kyralee, and Courtney, now 14, 16 and 19 years of age, had planned a special present for their mom and had it all wrapped up to give her on that special day.
Three days before Mother’s Day, however, a horrible tragedy would change everything.
Their mother attempted suicide 3 days before Mother’s Day.
While the three girls were at school and their father was at work, their mother, Kim, attempted to take her own life.
The special Mother’s Day present—a framed photo of her three beautiful girls at Torquay Beach, with a heart and the loving sentiment, ‘We Love You Mum’ scratched in the sand—would have to wait.
In the three months that followed, Kim was hospitalized and then placed in a nursing home for full-time care for the next three years. Kim then passed away last year.
Dad felt like giving up, but he didn’t.
Jason Stack, husband, and father, felt like giving up. But the devoted dad, who owns his own business, loved his daughters too much to do any such thing.
Jason picked himself up and dealt with the new reality. He refused to allow the tragedy to take away the happy childhood he wanted so deeply for his daughters.
The devoted dad woke up at 5 a.m. for school preparation, meals, chores, and everything that would normally have been shared duties with his wife. It was a struggle, but Jason found strength in the love he had for his children.
Love, devotion, and a sense of humor helped the family thrive.
They didn’t just survive—they thrived. Although 15-hour days were common, somehow he even found time to lead the girl’s local netball team in Geelong, Australia.
He also kept his sense of humor, which helped everyone greatly. Once, while on a shopping trip to purchase underwear for his girls, he led them to the lingerie area of a local retailer and said, “Buy enough until you’re 20 because I ain’t coming back!”
It was Jason’s youngest, Adele, who took it upon herself to nominate her father for the 2017 Victorian Father of the Year Award.
According to YMCA Victoria, she wrote in her nomination application, “My dad is my best friend. He is a powerful and amazing man and I look up to him every day.”
A Well-Deserved Honor
Jason became the 61st recipient of the prestigious award, which honors and recognizes a father for his “resilience and commitment to family through adversity.”
On accepting the award, Jason, as expected, spoke with humility. He said:
“Losing their mum is not what defines us. They had every excuse to go off the rails or to be sad about the world. It should be them accepting this award because they are my heroes. It should be about them, not me.”
Jason’s close friend and business partner, Glenn Hammond, offered his support for Jason’s nomination and stated that the award was well-deserved.
“Jason always put the girls first. I don’t know how he does it all.”
Jason plans to use his honorary title to help people who have been affected by suicide and advocate for mental health awareness and treatment.
If you know of someone or are in need of help, please consider these resources:
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