Dying Father Shares First Dance With Daughter At Her Wedding

Dying Father Shares First Dance With Daughter At Her Wedding

This dying father shares an emotional first dance with his daughter on her wedding day. One of the most important moments in a woman’s life is when she gets married. It’s a time when she stands with the love of her life and they make a commitment to one another in front of God and family.


There are many special moments throughout the day, but one moment that always sticks out is the father-daughter dance. Normally done at the reception, this dance is always full of emotion. But one family is cherishing that moment for another reason. Mary Bourne Butts feared that her father may not make it to her December 29th wedding.

In May of 2017, her father, Jim Roberts, was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an incurable brain cancer. Shortly before the wedding, Roberts was placed into hospice care. But by the grace of God, this father made it to his daughter’s wedding and onto the dance floor. Together, they danced around to the classic country song ‘I Hope You Dance’ from LeeAnn Womack. Roberts is confined to a wheelchair but that didn’t stop Mary from twirling all around and sharing a tender moment with her dad.

I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room as this loving father sang the lyrics right along with his daughter. After being posted online, this video quickly went viral with over 400,000 views on Facebook. What a truly beautiful moment captured on film. Mary will surely cherish this dance for a lifetime.

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