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Dying Dad Walks 11-Year-Old Daughter Down 'Aisle' in Heartbreaking Ceremony
ABC ^ | 4/2/2014 | RHEANA MURRAY

Posted on 04/02/2014 2:40:27 PM PDT by Borges

It was a day she’ll never forget.

An 11-year-old girl from California walked down the aisle with her dying dad in a tear-jerking ceremony that pronounced the pair “daddy and daughter.”

“It was not easy to do, let me tell you, but I wouldn’t change it for the world,” said Jim Zetz, 62, who has stage-4 pancreatic cancer and is expected to live only a few more months.

“In twenty years, when she really gets married, she’s going to be happy that happened," he said.

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1 posted on 04/02/2014 2:40:27 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

What a poignant story.


2 posted on 04/02/2014 2:40:39 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

I feel very badly for the 11 year old.....HOWEVER what does one expect when having a Child at 52 or 53??? Good grief!! And is this a harbinger......oh never mind.


3 posted on 04/02/2014 2:46:30 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Borges

Oh my...how do I keep tears from falling after reading this? This is absolutely gut wrenching yet beautiful! Thanks for posting...God Bless this family.


4 posted on 04/02/2014 2:49:17 PM PDT by halo66
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To: Ann Archy

“HOWEVER what does one expect when having a Child at 52 or 53???”

A blessing from God?


5 posted on 04/02/2014 2:50:30 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Borges

That’s unfortunate. These days parents can die at any age with cancer.


6 posted on 04/02/2014 2:52:22 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Boogieman

of COURSE a blessing, however not PRIME parenting age!!


7 posted on 04/02/2014 2:52:32 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Borges

Sad


8 posted on 04/02/2014 2:55:08 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Borges

Even super strong men will cry at this one...


9 posted on 04/02/2014 2:57:52 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Fight Tapinophobia in all its forms! Do not submit to arduus privilege.)
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To: Borges

I count myself lucky as a 62 YO, to “only” be battling prostate cancer (twice).

Our 65 YO neighbor, female, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer over two years ago is doing relatively well. Most of us though she would be gone by now.


10 posted on 04/02/2014 3:00:06 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: Borges

Pancreatic cancer is one of the worst. My mom told us about her’s just after Labor Day one year, by Oct 14 she was gone. Afterwords we found out that it is usually triggered by diabetes. So, if you know anyone with diabetes tell them to get checked regularly. At that time there weren’t many treatments but some have come on line since then.


11 posted on 04/02/2014 3:04:40 PM PDT by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of gun control?)
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To: Borges

God bless that wonderful family...


12 posted on 04/02/2014 3:08:00 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: Ann Archy

“...HOWEVER what does one expect when having a Child at 52 or 53???”

I’d definitely recommend have kids earlier. I’m 55 and my son will be 4 in 2 months. I have no idea if I’ll be at his High School graduation. Kinda’ sucks.


13 posted on 04/02/2014 3:31:21 PM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: Ann Archy
HOWEVER what does one expect when having a Child at 52 or 53???

I agree with your amazement that someone would do such a thing. The photo shows someone who looks like her grandfather, not her father.

Some people just don't think ahead.

14 posted on 04/02/2014 3:42:18 PM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: TalBlack

Hats off to you.I thought I was old with kids.I hope you make it my FRiend.


15 posted on 04/02/2014 3:44:50 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Borges

Tears in my eyes.So very sad.


16 posted on 04/02/2014 3:46:58 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Ann Archy

My father-in-law married at 45 and had eight.

Great family.

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17 posted on 04/02/2014 3:50:52 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Boogieman
My dad was 51 when I was born, and my parents had another after me. We grew up learning about life while watching him live...and learned about death as we watched him as he died. I attribute where I am and who I am today to him.

Thanks...Dad.

Dang, I shouldn't have gone down that memory lane...

18 posted on 04/02/2014 3:59:17 PM PDT by Dubh_Ghlase (Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.)
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To: Borges

bump


19 posted on 04/02/2014 4:00:26 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Ann Archy
Really? Does it really matter how old he was? My brother died of esophageal cancer at 43 with an 11 year old daughter left fatherless. Life is precious. It looks like this man loved his daughter beyond measure.
She had 11 years to learn from this loving man...that's so much more than many girls have today. God bless him and her.
20 posted on 04/02/2014 4:18:53 PM PDT by PLOM...NOT! (Checking in from Wisconsin)
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To: Dubh_Ghlase

Good post!


21 posted on 04/02/2014 4:22:04 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: PLOM...NOT!

Good post!!

My good friend is 45...she has a boy 7...and two others under 16.

She loves them and cares for them....as only a mom can do.

Life is precious. Agreed.

Life and death are givens.


22 posted on 04/02/2014 4:25:56 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: Borges

57 with an 11year old daughter. My guess is he wasn’t gonna walk her down the aisle anyway. Maybe a wheelchair.

I feel bad for the guy. But I am 53 and the thought of having an 11 year old around is just depressing.


23 posted on 04/02/2014 5:15:23 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: Ann Archy

So if a married couple conceive a child when the father is 50 or even 60, what do you suggest? An abortion? Oh, but surely not—your tag line indicates that you agree with the rest of us that abortion is evil. Are you advocating that married people who are over a certain age abstain from sex forever?

If God didn’t want that little girl to exist, He wouldn’t have created her. It may not be wise to second-guess the Author of the Universe.


24 posted on 04/02/2014 5:22:04 PM PDT by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: Vermont Lt
...I am 53 and the thought of having an 11 year old around is just depressing.

Really? I had a 12-year-old when I was 53 and it was a joy. My kids have kept me young and energetic.

25 posted on 04/02/2014 5:28:12 PM PDT by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: Ann Archy
HOWEVER what does one expect when having a Child at 52 or 53??? Good grief!!

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These things happen, and when they do, they are a gift from God.

26 posted on 04/02/2014 5:33:59 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: PLOM...NOT!

only girls/women know how important a father is, he gave her life and will love her until his last breath and she will know that..


27 posted on 04/02/2014 6:05:38 PM PDT by goat granny (.)
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To: ottbmare
Are you advocating that married people who are over a certain age abstain from sex forever?

No, they don't have to abstain from sex. Do you need someone to tell you why they don't?

28 posted on 04/02/2014 6:36:37 PM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: OldPossum
The photo shows someone who looks like her grandfather, not her father.

Gee, do you think his stage 4 pancreatic cancer might have something to do with that?

SHEESH!

29 posted on 04/02/2014 6:43:06 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: OldPossum

1. There are a lot of people in this country who are Roman Catholic and don’t believe in artificial birth control.
2. Even with birth control, accidents happen. There’s no such thing as fail-safe birth control; even the Pill has a 1% failure rate, and one percent of all the millions of women on the Pill represents a lot of babies.

I repeat, a child is a gift from God. Doesn’t look to me as though this father is sorry he had his daughter or as though she is sorry she’s alive. Neither of my children is sorry that their father and I had them when Dad was in his fifties.


30 posted on 04/02/2014 6:47:56 PM PDT by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: workerbee

This may come as a surprise to you but lots of 62-year-old men look that old.

Sheesh!


31 posted on 04/02/2014 7:00:29 PM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: ottbmare
Even with birth control, accidents happen. There’s no such thing as fail-safe birth control...

First off, I am positive that many, many Roman Catholics do use artificial birth control. And as for your statement on failures, sure, they happen but I don't think that's a problem with men and women "of a certain age" (your words).

Oh yeah, there are fail-safe means of avoiding pregnancy. They are known as vasectomies (in men...maybe you've heard about them) and "tube-tying" (I don't recall the exact medical term) in women. 100 percent fail-safe.

32 posted on 04/02/2014 7:10:25 PM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: OldPossum

I am familiar with those procedures, which are forbidden to believing Catholics. Not everyone takes his faith lightly or supposes that the rules don’t apply to him.

The point is, not everyone thinks that a child who is conceived when the father is 50 is sorry about it. Some of us consider it a great joy and blessing.

What difference does it make to you, that these people had a child when Dad was in his fifties? Apparently neither the father nor the daughter regrets her life. In eleven years she will have more time with her father than millions of young girls will have.


33 posted on 04/02/2014 7:57:53 PM PDT by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: Borges

My sister in law and my Aunt both died of pancreatic cancer, it’s a horrible and painful way to die. My heart goes out to this young lady and her father.


34 posted on 04/02/2014 8:05:50 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Ann Archy

Gotta agree with you. Every child is precious but it is a bit selfish to have a child at an age when you know you won’t be there for the child later.


35 posted on 04/02/2014 8:11:24 PM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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“...HOWEVER what does one expect when having a Child at 52 or 53???”

“I’d definitely recommend have kids earlier. I’m 55 and my son will be 4 in 2 months. I have no idea if I’ll be at his High School graduation. Kinda’ sucks.”

May God give you many years, not only to see your son graduate but also to see your grandchildren!


36 posted on 04/02/2014 8:15:20 PM PDT by longhorn too
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To: OldPossum

As you know Abraham was 99 when Isaac was conceived. I don’t think it is ever a mistake when a child is born as God for knew that little girl before the foundation of time!


37 posted on 04/02/2014 8:22:14 PM PDT by longhorn too
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To: Ann Archy
HOWEVER what does one expect when having a Child at 52 or 53???

I had 2 at age 66 (by adoption), they had lived with us since age 8 & 9 (bro and sis) age 12 and 13 by the time we adopted them. I'm pushing 69 and in good health, I'd like to live long enough to see their children - God willing.

The picture posted of the little girl and her father is heart breaking.

38 posted on 04/03/2014 3:46:18 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (God is not the author of confusion. 1 Cor 13: 33)
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To: CodeToad
None of us can know we will be there for a child we sire or bear, even if we do so at 18. People can and do die at any age. Should a soldier not have children because he might be killed in battle?

My husband and I had our son when he was 53. He is now 73 and still going strong. In fact, until our son went off to Marine boot camp Dad could still out wrestle his then-19-year-old boy. People live into their nineties now. Not everyone has the blessing of getting married and having kids early, and when God kindly starts the life of a child when you are older, you should regard it as a gift, not a depressing nuisance.

The suggestion that people are selfish for bringing a beloved child into the world just because they might not be alive twenty years later favors the sterile mentality that drives the Left. It's this mentality ("I don't want to have children unless every condition is going to be perfect for them, and if it's not, I'll sterilize myself or abort or contracept so that things go my way") that is the really selfish view.

39 posted on 04/03/2014 7:14:55 AM PDT by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: ottbmare

Couldn’t have said it better myself. I got sick reading some of the comments.

My own father died when he was 38. I was 16, and my brothers 13 and 7. I can point out any number of friends and acquaintances who lost their parents at young ages. Life is a crap shoot. I am 41 and healthy today, but I could be struck dead tomorrow. Shouldn’t have had those kids—they could end up without a mom!

My youngest is 6 and has autism. Although his prognosis is good, we have no way of knowing if he will live on his own or what his life will be like. Better to kill him now and relive my other three kids of the ‘burden’ they might face later on.

See where this mentality goes?

I also have a first cousin who is younger than my oldest child. My aunt (who had a 19 year old son from a previous marriage) thought her child-bearing days were over. She (who was 41 at the time) and her 50-year-old husband found out they were expecting a baby a few months after my daughter was born. My uncle is in his mid-60s now and is healthier than most guys 20 years younger.


40 posted on 04/03/2014 7:34:24 AM PDT by Hoosier Catholic Momma (How long till my Arkansas drawl fades into the twang of southeast Ohio?)
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To: Borges

Don’t know nor do I care about the whys and hows...all I see is lotsa love in that photo...

“Heartbreaking”? Maybe, but I see 11 years of joy, love and laughter rolled into one poignant and intimate moment shared by a dad and his little girl...

May God bless them both as only He can.


41 posted on 04/03/2014 7:50:07 AM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: wideawake

Do you see anything selfish about having a child later in life?


42 posted on 04/03/2014 9:34:28 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges
Not necessarily.

There is a difference between the guy who is 55 and his wife is 44 and she has a late pregnancy, and the guy who at age 65 says: "I've spent my whole life partying and now I have no heir, no legacy! I need a cocktail waitress and prenup, stat!"

There is also the guy who legitimately does not meet a compatible person until he is older.

43 posted on 04/03/2014 10:07:22 AM PDT by wideawake
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” People live into their nineties now.”

Not really. The average age has been going down with the baby boomers. People always have lived into their 90’s, that is nothing new. I will stand that it is selfish to treat children as something you want and not consider the child’s needs later in life. Birth defects of late pregnancies are also as they were, very high. Placing children at risk for defects because you suddenly find you want a child is again selfish.


44 posted on 04/03/2014 10:11:39 AM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: Borges

My mom was 42, my dad 53 when I was born. My siblings were 20, 18, and 13. I was not a planned baby and I was blessed to have two wonderful parents who decided my life was more important than the sacrifices they would have to make to raise me. They did everything to make my life happy and vibrant. My dad died when I was 22 and my mom lived to 83, I was her caretaker and can not tell you how many times she called me her blessing.


45 posted on 04/03/2014 10:14:49 AM PDT by Toespi
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To: Borges

May he smile in heaven when she gets married for real.


46 posted on 04/03/2014 10:15:36 AM PDT by xp38
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To: PLOM...NOT!

Nice post and I agree with you totally.


47 posted on 04/03/2014 10:16:01 AM PDT by dforest
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To: Ann Archy

Wow. So happy to be here. My daddy was 53 when I was born. I was so blessed to have him for 20 years. He was a WWII veteran, a child of the Depression, a later in life Christian. He was an entrepreneur. He was a missionary. He was a pharmacist without ever stepping foot in college. He graduated from high school two years early. He worked until a few weeks before cancer took him. I think he would have said the same thing about men having children later in life, but my mother wanted children. So here I am. And so very blessed. Thank you for the reminder. :)


48 posted on 04/03/2014 10:23:20 AM PDT by petitfour
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To: CodeToad

It doesn’t look to me as though this little girl has a birth defect. Or as if she was conceived as some sort of whim. Or as though she wishes she was never born because she’s losing her father at 11.

Life is precious. Children are a gift from God. If God allowed her to be born, He wanted her on this earth, whether she has a father or not, even if you think she and my children should never have been born. Take it up with God: He started her.


49 posted on 04/03/2014 2:25:18 PM PDT by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: ottbmare

One of the consequences of the “choice” ideology is that many people believe they have the right to pass judgment on the worth of someone else’s life ... and the presumption is always against life - someone else’s life, of course - not for it.


50 posted on 04/03/2014 3:18:25 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Email your grandmother!)
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