My name is John. I live in Northern California with my wife, Angi and two boys, Jack and Charlie. Jack happens to have Down syndrome. Charlie does not. They are more alike than different.

This is my story….
It’s about fatherhood.
It’s about two boys who simultaneously bring me absolute joy and utter frustration.
It’s about special needs and advocacy.
It’s about chaos and adventure.
It’s not polished. It’s real. It’s honest.

If you’re a Dad (or any parent) to a child born with Down syndrome or battling leukemia (or both), it just might help you know that you’re not alone.

Writing is a hobby of mine- an outlet so to speak. In these posts- I rave, I rant, and I advocate.  I write for me, and hopefully in the process I offer something to those of you who grant me the honor of reading what I write, whether it be something to think about, agree or disagree with, or even get pissed at. No matter what, I am committed to staying true to myself and jackandchuck.


I’ve read several blogs over the years similar to jackandchuck.com; however, very few are from a Dad’s perspective.  Please ignore the grammatical errors, misspellings, and other pitfalls on here as I’m not perfect. In fact- if you point one out, I’ll leave it up only to drive you bonkers:)
I, by no means want anyone to take anything on this blog as anything more than my impressions, opinions, and experiences. I’m not a doctor or psychologist. Hell, I’m just a dad trying to navigate his way through this thing called, “life.




  1. Stacy Fabian
    May 29, 2015

    I think this is wonderful. You and Angie seem like amazing parents and Jack and Charlie are blessed to have you. Please share people need to know they are not alone. You are a gift and I for one am happy to read.

  2. Julie Busse
    May 29, 2015

    Amazing John as always. Just to let you know, when you write your book ( and you should ), I am going to be 1st in line to buy it. Can’t wait to read your next blog!

  3. Kirby
    May 29, 2015

    I Can’t come up with anything sarcastic or witty…..I’ll just say thanks

  4. Alice
    May 29, 2015

    Love following your stories. Your family is amazing!! Talking about your daily endeavors brings awareness, perhaps supports others and points out what a proud dad you truly are. Petaluma loves your family!!

  5. Katherine Brady
    May 29, 2015

    Please continue. When you and your brother were little a group of moms with young children met for a pizza lunch on Fridays. Marilyn Q, (my sister-in-law) started this gathering. This is where I met your mom but have not seen her in years. I have followed your journey since Jack was born. You are doing a great service to all parents. I pray for your family and will continue to do so always. Keep up the love and good work. You and Angi are to be admired.

  6. Laura
    May 29, 2015

    I think my daughter and met your boys at the park yesterday. They are wonderful Fiona had a blast chasing after them they wore her out. They were very sweet to her hopefully we will see them at the park again

  7. Kathy
    May 29, 2015

    thanks for sharing John!

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    September 23, 2015

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  9. Linda T.
    October 17, 2015

    I found your website through a Facebook feed from “The Mighty”. My daughter, Rebekah, is 16 years old now and has Down Syndrome. She developed ALL when she was four and underwent chemotherapy. She has been in remission for 12 years now. I just wanted to let you know how much I identify with your post about “losing it” when trying to deal with all this. If you or your wife would like to keep in touch, please feel free to email me. I understand.


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