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Unsung Hero: Nick Merrigan showed the grace of fatherhood under extreme pressure


Seattle's Child is proud to once again sponsor the Unsung Heroes being honored in February by the Department of Children, Youth and Families Strengthening Families Washington. 

Every day this month we'll present an Unsung Hero.

 Nominations are accepted from around the state and include biological parents, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents. Some volunteer at local schools; some have started nonprofit organizations; some mentor others in their communities. All honorees are true heroes: outstanding caregivers doing important work on behalf of children. 


Nicholas Merrigan, Port Angeles


Nick Merrigan is a father who takes his role to the next level.

He is the father that is always on the ground, being chased by children, or a jungle gym. While he stayed home while I worked outside of the home, he attended play groups full of other moms, attended community events, volunteered at schools and so much more.

He is calm under pressure, anger, frustration, and one of the happiest people you'll meet. One of the biggest reasons I am nominating him is because of his grace of fatherhood under pressure. In 2017 I, his wife and the mother of his kids, was diagnosed with pre-cancer tongue cancer. We battled through and went on our merry way. Later in 2018, I had a very invasive surgery along with chemotherapy and radiation. This left everything for him. Parenting our children, being a husband, learning to be a caregiver and not once skipping a beat or slowing down.

He is there when you need him, no questions asked. He also cares for our foster children and really learns more about child development to better help our children adjust to the ever-changing household of fostering. He is proud of the fact we are fortunate to foster, adopt and have biological children. He is extraordinary to say the least.


Nominator: Nicole Merrigan




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