Mary Ann Manning had one final wish before she passed away from breast cancer: To dance with her son at his wedding.
Seventy-two hours before she died, her wish came true — and it’s a memory her son, Ryan, will have forever.
Ryan and his bride, Katelyn, said “I do” at the St. Regis in Dana Point, Calif., on Sept. 5. When it came time for the mother-son dance during the reception, Mary Ann summoned enough strength to leave the wheelchair she had been in for months to dance with him to **Israel Ka‘ano‘i Kamakawiwo‘ole’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” medley.
"It was incredibly emotional, especially to see her pop out of the wheelchair," her daughter Katie Chamberlain told KTVU. "For the days leading up to it, we were helping her do everything — even walk."
Her other daughter Kristie Manning shared, "She wanted to get to this wedding. She didn't care how she had to do it, whether that meant pumping more chemo in her body, whatever."
The 61-year-old died exactly 72 hours later on Sept. 8 following a three-year battle with cancer.
“There is absolutely no doubt that that woman, a very strong woman, fought incredibly hard to get to that point,” a tearful Ryan said.
Watch the emotional and beautiful video below:
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