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.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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