The wildfires raging in Fort McMurray, a city in Canada, has so far destroyed 16,000 buildings--and forced most of the people who live there to leave behind their homes and possessions. One of those people is John Craig MacIsaac, a dad of two. When he came to Fort McMurray in 2008, he only intended to stay temporarily. Instead he stuck around, he writes in a inspirational Facebook post. The city "has given me everything. My wife. My children. My career. My friends. My greatest memories and milestones."
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Which made it doubly heartbreaking for him to join the 80,000 people fleeing the city. Even the evacuation was like a scene from the apocalypse--the highway was engulfed in flames. MacIsaac feared the family would never make it out--and looked over at his eldest daughter, Emma. "And while I trembled and shook; my little girl in all her innocence smiled at me and was laughing and wanted to play." He also saw all the firefighters, police, and paramedics risking their lives to get everyone out.
The family landed in a camp that's been converted as a temporary shelter. And even though he's lost his home, MacIsaac still has what he values most: his family.
So he's urging people everywhere to hug their kids a little tighter, and reach out to their family members. "Tell your loved ones they are loved and make time for a family dinner. Everything else is bull----. It doesn't matter." What does matter, he continues, is that there are selfless, caring, compassionate people in the world--and that the citizens of Fort McMurray will rebuild their city.
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