This Amazing Wedding Day Has A Very Special Heart And Soul!
Provided By - Video Elephant on February 11, 2021
For any woman, one of the most important parts of her wedding day is walking down the aisle with her father. It is one aspect that makes the wedding day such a "special day". But this moment was not possible for Jeni Maenner because her father had passed away.
Several years ago, Jeni's father, Michael Stepien, was shot and killed in a robbery. The Stepien family decided that the best way to honor him was by donating his organs. His heart ended up going to a man named Arthur Thomas.
With her wedding coming up, Jeni had her father on her mind. "I was his first daughter, his little girl" she recalled, "and he was very, very proud." When thinking of a way to somehow include her father on this special day, she thought about contacting Arthur.
Even though this was the first time she had ever reached out to Arthur, Jeni had decided on a radical idea. "I don't just want him to attend the wedding," she recalled, "I want to ask him if he'll walk me down the aisle."
Arthur was stunned by the request but immediately agreed to perform this special role at her Pittsburgh based wedding. After all these years, Jeni met, for the first time, the man who took her father’s heart... and then he helped her fulfill a part of her wedding day wish by walking her down the aisle. "I feel wonderful that I can be the vehicle that allows her to have him come back", Arthur said.
This amazing wedding day was everything Jeni wanted it to be saying, "It just filled me with so much happiness. It was the best day in my entire life!"
What a beautiful story!
This video was produced by Lucia Nazzaro and shot by Angelo Re and edited by Andrew Osborne.
Learn more about The Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) at: https://www.core.org/
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