Wheelchair-bound father defies all odds and walks his daughter down the aisle on her wedding day
Ralph had told Heather before the wedding that he did not think it he would be able to do it because he had gone through a tiring chemotherapy session
The heartwarming moment an elderly cancer survivor walked his daughter down the aisle and made her most special day all the more beautiful was caught on camera. Ralph Duquette had a long battle with leukemia and it had left him wheelchair-bound, blind in one eye and even managed to put him in a coma that lasted for five whole days.
Fortunately, even though he suffered a great deal with everything the disease has thrown at him, he was absolutely sure of one thing - he was going to be the one to walk his darling daughter, Heather, down the aisle on her big day. Ralph had told Heather before the wedding that he did not think he would be able to do it because he had gone through a tiring chemotherapy session.
What Ralph kept a secret for many months before the wedding, however, was that he was going through many sessions of painful rehabilitation so that he could learn how to walk all over again, the Daily Mail reported. When the wedding day finally arrived on October 10, 2015, the doting father was right there ready to give his daughter the best wedding present she could have ever asked for and one that will remain in her memories forever.
The sweet footage of the moment showed Heather walking down the steps of Joseph's By the Sea to the surprise where her wedding party of 75 guests was waiting for her to experience her big moment. She looks completely stunned and moved when she sees her father being helped out of his wheelchair and then joining her on the aisle to walk her to the altar. The elderly man was obviously a little unsteady on his feet and even looked like he was not going to make it to the end and fall, but his loving daughter supported him the rest of the way.
Ralph even performed during the ceremony and the bride was absolutely blown away.
Heather even got to share a father-daughter dance with Ralph after the ceremony and she told TVNZ: "I was blown away and completely speechless. All I could do was cry and hope and pray we made it safely."
Heather told the news station that having her cancer survivor father going through so much just to walk her down the aisle made the big day with long-term boyfriend, Dan Casoria, even more magical.
The couple met each other online and went on their first date, a romantic dinner and a movie, on New Years Day in 2013. Dan is a maintenance worker at Hid'n Pines Family Campground and he finally popped the question a year-and-a-half after their first date in the middle of a fireworks display at Disney World, Florida.