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Dear Tom,

We would like to nominate our father Mr. Carlos Hightower Sr.

Although he is not the biological father for most of us, he is every bit our father. He met our mother in 2002 through mutual friends.  And after being together for only one-year he proposed to our mom.

Our mom took in two of our cousins after they lost their mom in 2005 and our dad stuck right there with her.

On December 23, 2008 our baby brother was born.  Shortly after his birth, our mom was taken back to the hospital for shortness of breath and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.  Our dad was by her side daily.

It was a lot to handle –there was me, my older brother, my two cousins, a newborn baby and our mom with congestive heart failure, we all leaned and depended on him.  Plus they had even married yet.

I know it was god that placed him in our lives. We love him very much and strongly feel that he deserves the title of Real Father Real Man. We wouldn’t have it any other way.