Dying father 'walks' daughter down the aisle in gurney for her wedding

Oct. 13, 2013 at 8:48 PM

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- An Ohio man, terminally ill with cancer, escorted his daughter down the aisle in a gurney at her wedding this weekend, fulfilling his promise to her.

"We did it," Scott Nagy said with a smile following his daughter Sarah's marriage to Angelo Salvatore Saturday at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Strongsville, a Cleveland suburb.

"It was a promise I made in March, to walk her down the aisle. She's my princess. This is my definition of walking down the aisle."

Nagy, sporting a tuxedo, boutonniere, tie and a tracheal tube, made it the church by ambulance, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported. His appearance caused Sarah to burst into tears, the newspaper said.

Nagy, 56, of Brunswick, told the newspaper: "There are no guarantees in life. This is a bonus."

Sarah, 24, wasn't planning to get married until next year, but her father's diagnosis led her to move up her big day to assure his presence since "what I wanted since I was a little girl [was for] my father to escort me down the aisle."

"My future husband said, 'You will get your wish,'" she said.

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