Dying dad gets to dance with daughters
‘I won’t be able to walk them down the aisle at their weddings, but… yes, I will get this.’
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Charlie Kwentus is dying. He’s 42, and has endured a brain tumour for a long time, according to Huffington Post. He made the difficult decision recently to stop all treatment, and, as part of his farewell to his family, chose to make some life-changing memories for his beloved daughters, aged 9 and 13.
The last dance
Charlie is still able to stand, and, while he knows he won’t be around to dance at his daughter’s weddings (if they have any, he remarks), he wanted to have a wonderful night dancing with them in luxurious surroundings.
A local organisation which assists bereaved children stepped in to lavish his daughters with make-up, gowns, shoes and hairdos. Then they put together the night of a lifetime, literally, for the family.
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The family had already taken an extended three-week holiday to create as many memories as possible in the time they have together, and, as he comments, it’s all about quality of time spent together rather than quantity.
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It’s one of those moments you can’t help but tear up over, and, hopefully, it will inspire you as parents to come up with some unforgettable experiences with your kids.
We’ve often featured the creative, delightful and heart-rending stories of families coping with imminent loss or terminal illness and how they find chances to celebrate the life they have left together.
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What’s the one thing you’d hate to miss out on with your kids?