Happy Father’s Day! #WhoDrivesYou

He’s our number one fan, the man who teaches us not to grow up too fast, and the one who is right there by our side through all of life’s biggest moments. To help recognize and reward dads that have been there and have gone above and beyond, we asked y’all to let us know #WhoDrivesYou this Father’s Day. After reading the outstanding nominations, 4 dads were rewarded the ultimate Father’s Day gift package. Here are their stories:

Samy | Step-father of 2
Nominated by: Megan, Step-daughter

Samy

“Even though he was working so hard each day, the thing he made of utmost priority was being my father.”

Originally from Cairo, Egypt, Samy came to the US for the love of his wife and her two children. Bringing not much more than himself and a few dollars, Samy started at the bottom of the totem pole here in America. From working at Whataburger and owning a gas station to driving for Uber, through hard work and a drive to succeed, Samy worked his way into a comfortable life in the States. Megan nominated him for the #WhoDrivesYou campaign because his work ethic is an inspiration for all. Megan witnessed Samy go through years of hard times when he first moved here, and she is so grateful to have such a positive role model in her life. She appreciates Samy for all that he does and said, “even though he was working so hard each day, the thing he made of utmost priority was being my father.”

Rod | Father of 2
Nominated by: Shannon, Daughter

Shannon

“My dad is truly the most selfless, loving and inspirational person I know. He’s not only my dad, he’s not only my role model, but he’s the best friend I could have ever asked for.”

Even though he’s battled a two-time fight against lymphoma, Rod has never missed a beat. His daughter, Shannon, nominated him for the #WhoDrivesYou campaign because he has a selfless mindset and has a way of showing consistent support. Whether he was coaching her in soccer or driving her to daily volleyball practices, Rod never failed to be Shannon’s biggest fan. Especially during his fight with lymphoma, Shannon was inspired by her dad’s determination, positivity, and smile. “While he was going through one of the hardest times in his life, he continued to make it all about me and my older brother.” Shannon also said, “His fight has since motivated me to not only never give up, but to always maintain a positive attitude in everything that I do — no matter how challenging. For this, I am forever grateful.”

Robert | Father of 3
Nominated by: Andre, Son

“My father has showed me, that no matter what life throws at you, always support your family and wife with strength, support and love.”

When he was still in his teens, Robert moved to California to join the Navy to support his wife and newborn son. Supporting his new family proved to be difficult, but something that Robert took very seriously. Two more children came along, and Robert was still working day in and day out to give his family the best life possible. One day, while working on the railroad tracks, Robert was involved in a serious accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Andre, Robert’s son, nominated him for #WhoDrivesYou because Robert is an inspiration for all. “Although he could have easily given up, he did not.”

Robert has now been paralyzed for 22 years, but he’s been able to maintain an extremely active lifestyle. From being his children’s baseball and football coach to skiing with his family when they vacation, Robert does not let anything come in between him and the busy lifestyle he leads.

Andre is inspired daily by his father’s will to live life fully. He’s learned a lot from his dad, “but most of all, my father has showed me, that no matter what life throws at you, always support your family and wife with strength, support and love.”

Robby | Father of 2
Nominated by: Emily, Wife

Swan

“Any man can be a father of a child, but it takes a special person to be a dad.”

In the winter of 2014, Robby became a dad for the second time. Shortly after the birth of his new son, Robby’s wife, Emily, contracted shingles and was unable to hold their newborn child. Because of this, Robby took on all responsibility with the children, while Emily patiently waited to get her health back. Then, in March of 2015, Emily received the heartbreaking news that she had breast cancer at the ripe young age of 30. Due to numerous surgeries and long healing processes, Emily was again unable to help with the children. Without a single complaint, Robby stepped right in and took on all duties from cooking and cleaning to caring for their two young children. And each day, Robby did task after task with a smile on his face. Emily said, “any man can be a father of a child, but it takes a special person to be a dad. My husband is the best dad our children could ever ask for.”

Being a role model and support system in someone’s life takes hard work and loyalty. We cannot thank each and every dad out there enough. You have helped make us all who we are today.

Saddle Up, Uber On, Happy Father’s Day,

Uber DFW Team

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