Johnny Wells knows his time is running out. He's been struggling for years against chronic obstructive pulmonary disease—a battle he has sadly been losing—and has had to face the cold hard fact that he won't be around for the rest of his 10-year-old daughter Nakeol's life.
Still, his young daughter seems to be the one keeping him going. "His baby is the reason he has stayed alive this long," Nakeol's mom told CBS affiliate KCTV.
Sadly, though, one of the hardest parts of dying before his little girl grows up is knowing that he'll be missing out on the big stuff: the birthdays, the proms, the weddings...
So Wells decided to do something about that. If he couldn't be there to walk his daughter down the aisle on her big day, he'd be there now—even if it means holding a pretend ceremony by his hospital bed.
"I came up with the idea to have a little ceremony where she could make promises to be faithful to the man she would marry," Wells told KCTV.
Finally, his dying wish became a reality this past weekend. While donning a rented tuxedo and standing in front of a pastor, Wells handed his daughter Nakeol a ring—to be worn until the day of her real wedding. (Are you crying yet? We are.) You can watch the clip here.
As touching as this story is, it isn't the only one of its kind to make headlines this year. Last month, 62-year-old Fred Evans of Arkansas organized his own surprise ceremony to walk two of his daughters down the aisle. Evans is dying of metastic melanoma and only has months to live.
Similarly, back in July, 25-year-old Rachel Wolf made headlines for orchestrating a mock wedding for herself just so she could get her father-daughter dance in before dad passed away. (Warning: it's pretty emotional.)
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