Dying Dad Attends Daughter’s Wedding

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CLEVELAND -- Sarah Salvatore cherishes every moment with her father, Scott Nagy.

When she got engaged in February, Scott had only one question for her.

"I said, 'when you think about getting married?' She said 'October 2014.' I said, 'I don't think I'll be around then. So, how about we make it October 2013?" said Nagy.

Sarah agreed.

Scott is dying from urethral cancer, which makes every moment much more precious between the two of them.

"I talked with my fiance and his parents and they understood how important it was to me that my dad walk me down the aisle. It's been a dream of mine since I was a little girl," cried Sarah.

Scott vowed to keep that promise. So, he enlisted the help of some of his nurses at the University Hospitals SICU.

A group of volunteers helped get Nagy to the church in Strongsville on Saturday, where he walked Sarah down the aisle in a gurney bed.

"She was beautiful. Just beautiful. Her dress was perfect, of course, because I picked it out," laughed Nagy.

"He made it. And he made it for me. He looked so awesome in his tux," cried Sarah.

There wasn't a dry eye in the church.

Guests cried; others clapped as Sarah's first love gave her away to her final love, Angelo.

"We got up there, and the pastor said, 'who gives this woman away?' And I said, 'with pride, we do, her mother and I.' There was a little bit of hesitation. So I said, 'Angelo, come get your bride'," said Nagy.

"It was incredible. Incredible. Because there's a running joke in my family that I'm marrying someone just like my father. So, when people say that now, it means a lot more to me now," said Sarah.

But in order for Scott to escort Sarah down the aisle, he needed some escorts of his own. They came in the form of volunteers, from Scott's nurses in the SICU, to the ambulance he arrived in.

"For me, the reward was seeing Sarah's face, seeing Scott's face when we got there. You don't have a lot of opportunities to do things like this for people," said Jacky Uljanic, his nurse.

For Sarah, it's a daughter's dream that came true. But for Scott, it's a dad's promise he vowed to keep.

"It was somewhat surreal because all of our closest friends and family were there," said Nagy.

"It was the best day of my life. The best day of my life. I would do it again and again and again. I have pictures that will last me forever," cried Sarah.

Meantime, Sarah's family has started a fundraiser in Scott's honor to help another University Hospitals patient keep a promise in the face of extraordinary adversity.

Click here to donate to the fundraiser.

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