Woman's Father Passed Away - Years Later He Walks Her Down The Aisle

Though Jeni Stepien’s father had passed away years ago and wasn’t able to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day, a piece of him still did.

Stepien and Arthur Thomas knew each other for less than 24 hours, but he was the man who got to walk Stepien to the altar, according to CBS Pittsburgh. This is because he’s the man who has her father’s heart beating inside of him. Arthur, known to friends and family as “Tom,” came all the way from New Jersey to Pittsburgh just to walk Stepien down the aisle at St. Anselm church in Swissvale. They met for the first time on the eve of her wedding.

“You can never imagine what that would be like unless you actually do it because so many emotions involved in what you’re doing,” Thomas said.

Stepien’s father, Michael Stepien, was murdered in 2006 and his heart was donated to Thomas.

“I was on death’s door when he was murdered and I needed a heart or I was going to be dying in the next few days,” Thomas said. “What a greater honor could a person have than walking the daughter of the man who’s given his heart to him. I can’t imagine a greater honor.”

Stepien said she asked Thomas if he would do the honors via letter, CBS Pittsburgh reports.

“I was just so thankful that my dad could be here with us today in spirit and a piece of his physical being as well,” she told the news outlet. “That was really special for us.”

Source: CBS Local Pittsburg
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