When Bruce Feiler was diagnosed with a rare and deadly form of cancer, he worried about his twin 3-year old daughters. Like most cancer patients, Bruce was not sure about the trajectory of his health. He imagined all the experiences he would miss with his daughters.
Together with his wife, Feiler reached out to men from different walks of his life. His request to them was simple and honest. "I believe my girls will have plenty of opportunities in their lives[.] They'll have loving families and welcoming homes, but they may not have me. They may not have their dad. Will you help be their dad?" Six men came together and formed "The Council of Dads".
While Feiler is still living, his 'Council of Dads' still exists, and have become his daughters' friends as well.
TEDMED 2010 Talk
Book: "The Council of Dads - My Daughters, My illness and The Men Who Could Be Me" - Bruce Feiler
-Bruce Feiler's Cancer Diary