Most pre-teen girls would love to experience a day of pampering, but for Maren and Zoe Kwentus, getting dolled up proved to be bittersweet.
On the one hand, they got their hair and nails done and put on pretty dresses, but in the back of their minds they were thinking about their dad Charlie, who's suffering from Oligodendroglioma, a type of brain tumor.
(Photo Credit: via KDSK)
The girls, ages 9 and 13, were being treated to a daddy-daughter dance courtesy of the non-profit Annie's Hope, which has counseled countless grieving children.
"I won't be able to walk them down the aisle but I will get this," Charlie told KDSK. Because after years of fighting the illness, he decided, along with his family, that it was time to quit treatment.
Before the big night, the family-of-four went on a driving vacation across the western United States. "I feel like we're building a bank of memories that will last a lifetime," Charlie's wife, Courtney Beers, said. "They have to last a lifetime."
After hitting the salon, Charlie and the girls hopped into a stretch limo and took photos before heading to the Westborough Country Club in St. Louis, Mo.
At the end of the night, a speech made by Charlie brought his daughters to tears. "You girls are the light of my life. And you’ve proven to me you’re so strong and wise beyond your years. And if you do get married, I’d like you to choose someone who makes you feel special," the proud dad said.
Check out their special night in the video below:
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