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Dad helps 6-year-old daughter and his act goes viral


CEDAR CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – A Utah dad is going viral all because of a photograph. Ben Soward is a professor at Southern Utah University in Cedar City and never thought his selfless act would reach so many, but because of his 17-year-old daughter’s simple tweet —it’s being seen by millions.

It started with Lucinda’s 6-year-old sister Valerie having an “accident” Friday at school. Her dad was called to pick her up.

“[She was] just sobbing in the office. You could barely understand her, and Valerie is a very tough kid so I was very surprised by her reaction and really moved by her reaction, and I thought I’ve got to do something here,” said Ben Sowards, Valerie’s dad.

And do something, he did. He decided he’d have an accident too, spraying water on his pants before picking her up.

“And I said Valerie, let me borrow your backpack, I need it.  And she said:  ‘Why do you need my backpack?’ and I said: ‘I need to cover up my accident’. We covered up and we both snuck out and she had her coat around her, and we felt pretty good walking out of that office.”

Lucinda made sure to take photos to send to her mom, but decided to share the pics on Twitter too.

“So I tweeted about it, and after about 5 hours it had like 300 retweets and I texted my sister and I was like: I’m going viral! You know, as a joke!” said Lucinda Sowards.

But viral it went, to the shock of both dad and daughter, and this modest family who usually doesn’t like attention was willing to share about this moment all for a special reason. On Monday this family of nine officially became a family of thirteen after adopting four foster children.

We finalized their adoption so we’re officially a family of 11 children and my wife and I couldn’t be happier … this has just been the most beautiful experience of our lives,” said Ben Sowards.

“Foster care, and Foster families—it’s growing and it’s needed more than ever now and I really hope that I can use this 15 minutes to get the word out about that. That’s my goal,” said Lucinda Sowards. 

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