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  • Dying Man Gets His Wish to Do Father-Daughter Dance at Kids' Future Wedding

    The story of how a family's love transcends through time
    by SmartParenting Staff .
  • Charlie Kwentus has been battling brain tumor since he was 26 years old. He’s 42 now and a father of two girls, 13-year-old Zoe and 9-year-old Maren.

    Charlie Kwentus with his daughters

    After years and years of treatment, he has decided to stop and “look for a better life.” This would mean having to leave his wife Courtney Beers and two daughters behind.

    Charlie Kwentus' family


    And when one of his daughters realized that her father “won’t be at my wedding” and won’t get to do a father-daughter-dance, they knew something had to be done.

    Becky Byrne  from Annie’s Hope, a local organization that helps children deal with grief, decided to plan out a special night just for the girls and their father. They arranged everything from the salon, wardrobe, vehicle and dinner.

    “I won't be able to walk them down the aisle at their weddings but, yes, I will get this,” said Kwentus.

    On the day of the occasion, everyone looked beautiful. The girls had their hair done and new dresses on. And, of course, Dad Charlie was looking his best in a tuxedo.

    Charlie Kwentus with his daughters

    After taking a few photos, they had dinner at a local country club. Then, they finally  got to have their father-daughter dances.

    Charlie started tearing up during his dance with Zoe, to which she whispered, “Don’t cry.” And he whispered back, “I’m just crying ‘cause I’m happy.”

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    Charlie Kwentus dancing with his daughter

    And to end the night, Charlie shared a toast for their future weddings.

    “You girls are the light of my life,” he said. “If you do get married, I’d like you to choose someone that makes you feel special.”

    Charlie Kwentus giving his toast

    For their last moments together as a family, his wife Courtney had this to say.

    “I feel like we're building a bank of memories that will last a lifetime – that will have to last a lifetime.”

    April 24, 2015. "This Dad Got His End-Of-Life Wish To Experience His Daughters’ Life Events He’ll Miss". buzzfeed.com

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