Meet Jeff, co-founder of Josephine’s Village, a key team member on our 5K planning committee, & Josephine’s daddy... “I met Josephine in the hospital with a stomach full of butterflies. The first moment I got to hold her in my arms changed everything for me. My understanding of what love is had just changed entirely. She was my whole world in that moment. We soon developed our own secret hang out time - watching hawaii volleyball on youtube long after mommy was sleeping and when Jo just didn't want to nap. She had me totally wrapped around her finger as she insisted that I bob & dip and never stop moving as she rocked off to sleep while cheering on the wahine. I knew even then that those moments would be special to me for the rest of my life. To me, she could see me and accept me and love me without ever even saying a thing. It was just the way she would get comfortable in my arms that I knew she could feel how much I loved her and that I would do anything for her. ❤️As her dad I wanted to stay strong and positive at each doctor's visit, assuring her that soon we could go home and see Cooper. Part of me was always scared, but I wasn’t about to let her know that. I was so proud of her always, through all of it, but the night before she came off ecmo was incredible. It was like she could feel my desperation through that tiny little hand as I held it and told her over and over how “you got this - you can do it” & “just keep fighting for me and we will go home soon” each hour as the tests came back and she held strong like never before. Again, she gets me. ❤️Now, I understand that she was telling me to be strong and to not stop fighting and to keep going. So for her, I will keep doing what I can to help the next kid and family to fight through this epic CHD struggle and make it home. ❤️Being part of Josephine’s Village and this 5k is the biggest honor and something I am so proud of as Josephine’s dad. I believe in its mission and I am determined to help move this cause forward. So watch out, Josephine’s dad is motivated to make a difference. I just know she is cheering me on saying right back to me “you got this Dad” & “just keep fighting and I will see you soon"