Surprise ‘Wedding’ Lets Terminally Ill Father Walk Daughter Down ‘Aisle’


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A Murrieta man with terminal pancreatic cancer knows he won’t get  a chance to see his young daughter mark the milestones of growing up.

wedding Josie and Jim Zetz at her “wedding” ceremony. (Credit: Lindsey Villatoro of

This month, thanks to a photographer with a vision, Jim Metz, 62, got to walk his 11-year-old daughter down the aisle.

In a backyard wedding ceremony realized by photographer  Lindsey Natzic Villatoro and her friends, Josie clutched her father’s arm and walked toward a ceremony she will surely never forget.

Villatoro had photographed Jim, Josie and Josie’s mother Grace for one of their final family portraits together, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise, which first reported the story.

Then Villatoro had an idea for Josie’s birthday, and she contacted many others who helped her create her vision.

“One day (you) wake up and realize you’re given the opportunity to change…

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Social Media Diva. From homeless to housed by Twitter & networking. Star in #Twittamentary. Interviews by numerous news media. Public Speaker. Advocate. *Not affiliated with Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS)*

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