The year 2012 has been good to dads. Over the last six months, we've featured some great papas here at The Huffington Post. We've written stories about creative dads, selfless dads, supportive-of-their-gay-son dads, and, of course, some absolutely hilarious dads.
And so, in celebration of Father's Day, the Good News team decided to put together a slideshow of our favorite dads this year. They'll make you laugh, smile and cry (in a good way).
Remember, every father is a hero. Now go say thank you to your dad!
Check out our slideshow below:
"Born This Way"
This "old school Italian" father of a bisexual man chose to get "Born This Way" in Italian tattooed on his wrist in support of his son, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/12/born-this-way-tattoo-bisexual-man-father-_n_1339901.html" target="_hplink">The Huffington Post reports. </a> In this heartwarming <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_JXx4z9P1w&feature=player_embedded#!" target="_hplink">YouTube video,</a> watch the father and son embrace after the tough dad shows off his new ink.
With a doctor nowhere in sight, a plucky papa stepped up to the plate and delivered his own child, <a href="http://www.kens5.com/news/Daddy-delivers-baby-at-hospital-There-was-no-doctor-147243895.html" target="_hplink">KENS5 News reports.</a> In March, David Hererra's wife was in hospital delivery room, ready to push. But the on-call doctor had been called into an emergency delivery and the couple were left on their own. But superdad Hererra didn't hesitate to take control of the situation. Pulling on a pair of surgical gloves, Hererra successfully delivered their fourth child -- a baby girl named Isabel.
Military dad Kevin Camarata returned from Afghanistan just in time for his younger son's birthday. To surprise -- and delight -- his kids, super dad Camarata dressed up as Captain America. In a twist fit for an adventure movie, Disney decided to return the surprise after hearing about the military dad's heroic return -- inviting the entire family to a special screening of "The Avengers" at the Tribeca Film Festival, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/30/kevin-camarata-captain-america-dad_n_1466063.html" target="_hplink">The Huffington Post reports. </a>
An inspiring hero dad, Patrick Hughes, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/14/hero-dad-helps-disabled-s_n_1344933.html" target="_hplink">quit his job</a> to help his disabled son fulfill his dreams. Patrick's son, also named Patrick, was born without eyes and the ability to fully straighten his arms and legs, making it impossible for him to walk. But thanks to his father's dedication, Patrick Jr. was able to fulfill his ambitions of being a musician.
Race To The Finish
Jim Redmond made history when he helped his injured son, Derek, cross the finish line in the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992, <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-400_162-57356155/inspiring-dad-from-92-games-to-carry-2012-torch/" target="_hplink">CBS News reports.</a> Derek had been competing in a 400 meters semifinal race when he tore his hamstring. Seeing his son in pain and in tears, Jim immediately ran onto the track and supported his son to the finish line. For his inspiring act, Jim has been selected to carry the Olympic flame during the torch relay for the 2012 London Games.
To share his daughters' growing years with his ailing mother, Jason Lee has taken these <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/04/20/jason-lee-kristin-kayla-cute-kids-photos_n_1439665.html?just_reloaded=1" target="_hplink">incredibly adorable photos</a> of his kids. Now, that's one creative papa!
Big Ole' Softy
A soldier home from Kuwait paid an unexpected visit to his father-in-law. The soldier's wife, Cari S., captured the tender moment on camera "My big, tough Daddy turns into a big ole' softy when it comes to his kids, and he is so proud of his son-in-law. As you can see, he is on a business call and walks right by my husband when he comes in. I love his reaction," she wrote in<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJMCKc6uLMI&feature=player_embedded" target="_hplink"> the video's description.</a>
This awesome dad tries to make going to school a fun -- and rousing -- event. In this delightful <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lU-Uwl7AZ7o&feature=player_embedded#!" target="_hplink">YouTube video,</a> watch a father and his three kids as they belt out Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' on the way to school.
A military dad who had been serving overseas surprised his 6-year-old daughter in school on her birthday. As Sergeant Adam Page swept his tearful daughter, Bailey, into his arms, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/31/military-dad-surprises-daughter-at-school-on-birthday_n_1244270.html" target="_hplink">the little girl exclaimed:</a> "That's my only birthday present I wanted is you."