Wedding days are always wonderful, but for Helen Wagstaff, the day she got married was exceptionally special. It marked a day she and her family had feared would never come to pass; the day her father was able to walk her down the aisle. And it's all thanks to a new pair of lungs.
Graham Wagstaff had suffered for a long time with alveolitis, a congenital lung disease that had taken so much from him. He had to be on oxygen 24/7, and he even had to shut down his business for a time. Until, that is, organ donation came through for him and he was gifted new lungs.
Mr. Wagstaff knew the seriousness of his condition; his brother had died from the same disease 16 years earlier. The idea of being able to give his baby girl away on her wedding day seemed a far off dream. But now, he is active and working once more. And his daughter's California wedding was perfection for the whole family. Helen said of her big day, "Dad was so unwell leading up to the wedding that we all feared he wouldn't make it. Without the donor my dad wouldn't have been able to walk me down the aisle - I can't imagine what my wedding would have been like without him."
Mr. Wagstaff's words on the matter are sweet enough to bring tears. "It was so emotional actually being able to walk Helen down the aisle on her wedding day - I never thought I’d get the chance - and it was such a perfect day … Seeing my daughter get married and being able to walk her down the aisle was one of the best moments of my life, I'll never forget it. I'm so grateful that I finally have my life back."
Simple, sweet, and oh so touching. Good luck and good health to you, Mr. Wagstaff!