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NC father with ALS shares life lessons on Father's Day

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DURHAM, N.C. - Whether etched on tiny trophies or scrawled in crayon and marker, today a lot of kids will declare their dad the world's greatest.  But when 8-year-old Logan Rosati makes the claim - you can't help but believe her.

"He wants me to have a wonderful life,” said Logan. “ I wouldn't trade him for a million dollars."

We first met Logan's dad, Chris Rosati, a few months ago.  He was on mission to give away a thousand donuts all over his hometown of Durham, North Carolina.

The giveaway was his good-humored response to some God-awful news. 

About a year earlier, Chris had been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease.  It's a terminal illness, but instead of wallowing, he made a conscious decision to spread as much kindness as could, while he could - mostly as an example for Logan and her little sister Delaney.

"I can't teach them every lesson.  I don't have enough time,” said Chris Rosati. “But I can be a good person and they can see that."

Chris says one of the benefits of ALS is that it puts your priorities in crystal clear focus.  He says dads who think their careers matter in the slightest - and as a VP of marketing he was one of them - are clueless.

"We're missing the greatest experience we'll ever have, ever.  You always think that people who are dying want to get up early and watch the sunrise.  I don't.  I like to sleep - but if my kids get up early… I want that experience, you know,” said Chris.

That's also why he is making every effort to make new memories every day.

But as far as Logan is concerned, that's really not necessary.  He had her at hello.

"That dad who has ALS was the dad I was born with,” said Logan.”

And as for feeding her life lessons, he had her with the donuts.

“He tried to make friends with the world,“ said Logan. “I think it's hard to do that.  So I'm proud of him."

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