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Dying Father With Terminal Cancer Walks His 11-Year-Old Daughter Down The Aisle For The Most Heartbreaking Reason!

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A dying father, who has terminal cancer and not long to live, got to walk his daughter down the aisle on her 11th birthday! They staged a wedding!

This is so happy/sad!

Jim Zetz, a 62-year-old man from Murrieta, California, has stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

The Zetz family, including 11-year-old daughter Josie, went to photographer Lindsey Villatoro for their final family portrait.

It was a sad affair because they knew this would be their last portrait together.

Josie was very upset that her father wouldn't be there for "memories down the line." So Ms. Villatoro immediately suggested having a 'mini-wedding' for Josie's upcoming 11th birthday.

Everyone jumped on the idea and donations were raised and the whole event went off without a hitch.

The pastor officiating the ceremony said:

"Your dad may not get to see you get married, but he is here to walk you down the aisle today."

We're sorry, there's something in our eye, just give us a second.

Ms. Villatoro said:

"Josie, you will forever have a video of you and your dad walking you down the aisle to play at your wedding in years to come, as if he was physically there."

There were tears and smiles and everything was so wonderful.

Josie looked beautiful in her wedding gown and her father looked so happy!

We're so glad they were able to share this moment together. Amazing.

[Image via Lindsey Villatoro/Love Song Photography.]

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10 comments to “Dying Father With Terminal Cancer Walks His 11-Year-Old Daughter Down The Aisle For The Most Heartbreaking Reason!”

  1. Emelie says – reply to this


    That's so BEAUTIFUL and sad at the same time!! I'm literally crying right now…

  2. Teresa Andrews says – reply to this


    I have mascara running down my face at work, damn it. . .best thoughts and prayers to this family.

  3. Jamie says – reply to this


    Oh gosh, this is so beautiful & so sad. Crying! :'(

  4. bree says – reply to this


    I don't want to be mean…It's really sad that he's dying and everything, but it's really creepy to walk your 11-year-old daughter down the aisle for a fake wedding. Holy crap! Also insulting. It's like saying "I'm going to miss so much of your life…And the most important thing I could miss is your marriage because that's all that will ever happen to you. You'll be a wife. And I own you now but one day another man will own you and I want to have the experience of giving you away to another man". Ugh. Weird shit, man. People have strange priorities.

  5. Teresa Andrews says – reply to this


    Re: bree – Glad you're not trying to be mean — then you'd be even crueler than you already have been.

  6. 6

    Totally creepy.
    (Poor man and poor girl)
    but totally creepy

  7. deb says – reply to this


    I'm very sad to hear that this father is dying but I really don't see this as a beautiful thing. It's Fake, it's not real. They are trying to play with time and it does come off as creepy, not special. Look at her face in the picture it's traumatised, not happy. I guess they are getting something from it but to accept donations? It's just strange all round.

  8. MGFunk says – reply to this


    Everyone….just STFU….

  9. 9

    Re: Emelie – Thanks I agree, have a few tears in my eyes at the moment.

  10. jessalyn says – reply to this


    He was 60+ and she is 11. This is why you don't have kids late in life. He was always going to die early in her life. If you miss the boat on having kids oyu miss it. If you are a playboy old man stop getting young women pregnant. It is selfish. Why not have a fake college graduation? A fake book signing or a fake oscar party for her? A wedding is not guraunteed in a woman's life. Why are men so obsessed with their daughter's sexuality? CREEPY.