Son’s Surprise Wedding Moves Terminally Ill Dad To Tears

HumankindPublished: December 4, 2017529 views
Published: December 4, 2017

When terminally ill Tommy DiPaolo couldn’t make it to his son’s Thomas Jr. destination wedding, the nursing home he was staying at threw one on their property, so that he may attend the greatest moment in his son’s life.

For the past two years, Ellen Tyndell and Thomas DiPaolo planned a destination wedding in Disney World. When it became clear the Tommy Sr. couldn’t get there, the nursing home brought the wedding to him. They threw an impromptu ceremony in their courtyard in October, four weeks before the main event in Orlando.

Tommy is suffering from late-stage kidney cancer, Parkinson’s disease and Hepatitis C, but that did not stop the loving father of the groom to stand up and ask everyone attending to raise their glass in a toast to the happy couple.

“This is the highlight of my life,” the grateful dad told the assembled crowd of about 50, most of whom were Imperial residents and staffers. “I’m just so overwhelmed by your love, and I hope I give you love, too.” Everything went so quiet, one could hear a pin drop. ‘Life still happens.’

The idea was “hatched” by Tommy’s mom Kim, who says that all they had to do was ask the administration of the care facility if they can have a ceremony there. They took care of the whole thing; all Kim had to do what pick up the cake.

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