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Dear Tom,

I nominate my father Thomas Travis for Real Father Real Men, because he has tried for years to be the best dad that he could despite the stereotypes that surround him.

My father’s lifelong dream is to have a successful barbershop, he’s tried so many times to get his barbershop growing, but always has to pull away to make sure the family is okay.

He is now working two jobs and taking care of my grandmother who has Alzheimer’s. He has tried everything to keep living his dream and take care of her, but my grandma is 84 years old and very stubborn. She doesn’t want help from anyone, luckily he is one person that can get through to her.

Lately he’s been driving her car because his Cadillac that he’s had for 12 years is giving him a lot of trouble and he can’t get it fixed.  If he could get his business to grow here in the Miami gardens area he would be able to employ young barbers, get more clients, and work one job while taking care of my grandma. Now that would be a miracle.

I just want to see my father happy once before he leaves this earth. He’s 56 years old and i don’t think he’s ever been truly happy.


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