I read this story from Fotolanthropy.com and it is incredible! I must warn you -- you will need some tissue! Fred Evans was recovering from a double lung transplant when doctors discovered Fred had metastatic melanoma. Because of the medications he was taking to keep his body from rejecting his new lungs, it kept Fred from taking much much chemotherapy to fight the cancer. So, Fred was given just months to live.   Despite Fred's prognosis, Fred and wife Karla continued to live and enjoy life like they always had, never stopping to take a moment for granted.

The couple has four children, three daughters and one son. Two of their daughters, Gracie and Kate, are not married. Fred wanted the opportunity to walk his daughters down the aisle and give them away. So, they planned a special ceremony to do just that.

They told the girls Fred had something special planned for their mom, and gave them each a different time to arrive at the chapel inside Watermark Church. When the girls arrived, their dad greeted them wearing a tuxedo. They each shared a special, quiet moment alone with their dad in the foyer of the chapel. He gave each of the girls a bouquet and told them just in case he would not be there the day they got married, he wanted to walk them down the aisle and give them his blessing.

The girls were so surprised and had no idea this was the plan. Fred walked them down the aisle with their immediate family watching. When they reached the altar, Fred gave them each away, and the family circled around them to pray over their future marriages.

But then there was another surprise.

After Fred walked his daughters down the aisle, he announced he had one more bride. His wife was confused at first, but Fred surprised her when he asked her to renew their vows. So, Fred gave her a bouquet and walked his wife down the aisle, where they both promised to continue to love each other for the rest of their lives.

Wow! When you hear a story filled with such love in the face of loss and sadness, it puts things in perspective doesn't it?

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