Terminally ill father walks daughter down the aisle at Mercy Hospital
It was a wedding that was supposed to happen a year or more down the road... but when a father's illness turned critical, his daughter and her future husband said there was no question, they would move up the wedding.
Then nurses and other workers at Mercy hospital heard the wedding was in the works for today, and planning shifted into high gear.
"He totally was acting like a father of the bride today," said Christine Mason, Registered Nurse at Mercy Hospital. "He was kind of nervous but he wanted to make sure everything we were doing was okay with her."
Curtis Adams, diagnosed with untreatable terminal cancer, wasn't able to talk but he did have a request on his daughter's wedding day.
"He did write down that he wanted to walk his baby girl down the aisle and that was important. Standing up, it's huge," said Mason. "And, I think he had all the right reasons to be walking today. I thought, why can't we do the wedding in the chapel? And everything just snowballed from there."
Through detailed planning and carefully tailored transport, therapy and equipment arrangements, the nurses and staff put together a wedding day bigger than anyone could have imagined.
The bride, Crystal Adams said, "seeing him like he was, I went home and talked to John. He told me honey, we gotta do this. We'll talk to whoever we need to and we'll do it next week."
And, the community kept chipping in..
"We did hair make up, we did the true bridal experience, and we just asked her if it was okay," said Mercy nursing staff. "We wanted to respect her wishes, and give her the wedding she deserved despite being in a hospital."
It was a bittersweet day turned into a larger than life memory...
"Just for him to see it, and to see the happiness in his eyes. it was very heartwarming."