WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- It should be a day of celebration; a day to honor and spend time with the special man that gave you life. But for one father, he spends the holiday alone, hoping for the day he will be introduced to the son he never got to meet.
“It’s one of the very first pictures I saw of him, and what's so significant about this picture is he's holding up his left hand and I'm a lefty so, as soon as I saw that picture, my heart lit up," he said.
It's been two years, one month, and 22 days since Greg Johns found out he had a son.
"No matter what type of day you're having, seeing a smile from your child, even though it's just a picture, definitely helps," he adds.
That's 783 days to think about how he may have raised his son, what his first word may have been, or what his first steps looked like.
“I think the thing that keeps me going is that feeling of when the first time I’ll hold my son, and that taste you get, the first time I’ll ever have an interaction with my son,” he said. “I think about it every day."
In April 2011, Johns found out through a mutual friend that a he had a 6-month-old son his ex-girlfriend had put up for adoption. Since then, he has spent countless hours and more than $100,000 fighting for custody of his son.
"I got a DNA test. The DNA test proved it was my son. I never signed over my rights and I never will,” he said.
Johns went to court to battle for custody but was shocked to find out that he did not win his case.
“Here I am in court, a father,” he said. “It's human nature to have a son, and have custody."
He is currently working with the court of appeals to get his case overturned.
"At the end of the day my blood runs through him. It's my son and I want to be a father. I want my son."