Fred Evans was recovering from a double lung transplant when he was diagnosed with terminal metastatic melanoma. At the age of 62, and knowing that his time was limited, Fred wanted to cross off one more thing on his bucket list: walk his two daughters, Katie and Gracie, down the aisle. He did all of the planning himself, and hired two photo philanthropists, Matt and Julie Norine, to document the surprise ceremony at Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas.
These photos put everything in life into perspective.
Neither of his daughters were engaged or planning on getting married any time soon, but Fred still had to do that one thing he refused to miss before dying.
When his daughters arrived they were shocked to see their father in a tuxedo…but they knew exactly what this was about.
He proceeded to walk them down the aisle in an empty church meant only for them to share a moment that would not come soon enough for Fred to see.
No tears were held back, and as filled with grief as everyone who loves Fred is, the moment is still incredibly beautiful.
The family gathered in prayer to wish the girls joy in their future marriages, and peace as they continue to journey through life bearing the hardship of losing their incredible father
But there was one more woman left to surprise: His wife Karla. Fred wanted to renew his vows with her and she had no idea!
He handed Karla her own bouquet and when Fred finished walking his daughters down the aisle…
He walked back with his wife, hand-in-hand, one last time.
The smiles were contagious in a room filled with so much love, pain, joy and support.
On July 25th, 2013, Fred Evans lost the fight against his terminal illness…but it wasn’t until after he was able to walk his girls down the aisle.
Many of us have been affected by the tragedy cancer inflicts on those who have it and their loved ones. Share Fred’s story with your friends and family to remind them how short yet beautiful life is.
CREDITS: The Daily Mail.