Man with heart of bride’s dad walks her down the aisle

Here’s your daily dose of sweetness:

Jeni Stepien, of Pittsburgh, got married on Saturday.

Her father couldn’t walk her down the aisle. He was murdered 10 years ago… Saturday.

And so Arthur Thomas did the honors.

He had been waiting 16 years for a heart transplant, which he got 10 years ago… Saturday.

He got Jeni’s father’s heart.

“Jeni wrote me a letter and she said ‘Dear Tom, I’m the daughter of the man who’s heart is inside of you and I’m gonna get married on August 6th,’”Thomas said. “‘And one further thing if you’re willing, would you walk me down the aisle?’”

“I was just so thankful that my dad could be here with us today in spirit and a piece of his physical being as well. That was really special for us,” Jeni said.

  • Gary F

    A Friday story on Monday. Nice job.