FARMINGTON, N.Y. – A community pulled together to make sure a dad battling cancer was able to walk his daughter down the aisle.
Alyssa Jones, 28, of Farmington, New York was heartbroken when she learned her dad was battling cancer. She and her fiance, Michael Kamm, were planning on tying the knot in a couple of years.
“My dad’s always been a superhero to me, invincible,” Alyssa told ABC News. “I’m such a daddy’s girl, so when I heard that about him it just broke my heart.”
She learned the news just three weeks ago. Her dad was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. WHAM reports there is no cure, but he’s undergoing treatment.
When Alyssa’s now sister-in-law learned the news, she knew she had to take some drastic action to make sure Karl was able to walk Alyssa down the aisle.
“Every girl deserves their dad to walk them down the aisle,” said sister-in-law Jennifer Gagliano.
Gagliano posted the family’s story in a Facebook bridal forum. Soon, messages started pouring in. Vendors from the Rochester area started donating their services to make the day magical.
Just a few weeks later, on Feb. 4, the family hosted 100 guests for an elegant wedding.
Karl said he was grateful to have the chance to give his daughter away.
“They are good together, and if — God forbid — something happens I am glad he is there for her,” Karl told WHEC.
Dr. Dirk Bernold, Karl’s oncologist, told ABC News that he has so far undergone chemotherapy treatments and will be receiving a stem cell transplant.
“We’re hoping that he has an excellent response and many years, so not only did he see the wedding of his daughter, but we’re hoping for the birth of his grandchildren too,” said Bernold.