"If my father wasn't going to be able to come to our wedding, then we were going to bring the wedding to him. ... To me,...
When it became clear that Martin Lenhardt wasn't going to be able to leave his hospital room any time soon, it seemed like he wasn't going to be able to watch Megan Kinnison, his youngest daughter, get married.
Kinnison, however, would not let her father's ailments stand in the way of his ability to participate in her wedding. So, when the time came to get married, since Lenhardt couldn't come to the wedding, Kinnison brought the wedding to him.
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Instead of a chapel, Kinnison married her husband, Adrian, at Virginia Commonwealth University's Massey Cancer Center with her father by her side.
"No greater love than to sacrifice your desires for your father's joy," said Lenhardt, a professor of biomedical engineering at the VCU School of Engineering. "While I wished Megan had a church wedding of her dreams, sharing it was priceless to me at my beloved VCU medical center."
Although room 156 of the critical care unit is no reception hall, friends, family and even hospital staff did all they could to make sure that the reception was as close as possible to one Kinnison had dreamed of -- Randeisha Seward, a unit secretary in the acute care oncology in-patient unit, found joy in preparing for the occasion. Seward not only greeted wedding guests, but also decorated the room with white ribbon as well as wedding bells and pictures of doves.
"I could relate to their situation," said Seward. "I think it was exceptional that Megan would make sure her father could experience her wedding."
Kinnison and her family did all they could to make the spot as ideal as possible -- after making sure with hospital staff that they wouldn't be disturbing any other patients, she also scored the empty room next to her father's, which the bridal party used as a changing room. In total, fifteen guests witnessed the ceremony, including the mother and grandparents of Adrian.
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We couldn't have said it better ourselves.
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