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Newlyweds Share Father-Daughter Dance with Friends Whose Dad Has Terminal Cancer

An unforgettable moment. [Photo: Denyse Dias/BelleRey Photography ]

At a wedding reception, the only daughter-father dance you usually expect to see involves a bride and her dad.

But one couple, Nora and Michaela Cook-Yotts, decided to change up this rule for a particularly touching reason.

After Michaela and Nora took the floor with their respective dads, they welcomed onto the dancefloor Michaela’s bridesmaid Jessica Otto, Jessica’s sister Megan, and their dad Peter.

Nora and Michaela Cook-Yotts on their wedding day. [Photo: Denyse Dias/BelleRey Photography ]

Jessica and Megan’s dad Peter was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2001, central nervous system lymphoma in 2009, and a brain tumor in 2013 — he relapsed for a fourth time last spring. His condition is now considered terminal. Presumably he won’t be around to dance at his own daughters’ weddings which is why this gesture was so incredibly meaningful.

Jessica and Peter [Photo: Denyse Dias/BelleRey Photography ]

Peter was apparently clueless about the plan until the DJ called them up. “Not only have Jess and I been friends since the second grade, Pete is my dad’s best friend,” Michaela told Buzzfeed. “It only made sense that he was up there dancing with Jess and Megan.


The couple wanted the father and his daughters to be able to experience this milestone. [Photo: Denyse Dias/BelleRey Photography]

“The first my dad heard of it was when the DJ called myself, Megan, and our dad to the dance floor,” Megan also explained. “He was shocked.”

Not only was this a gift for the dad and his daughters, it was a gift for their mom as well. “My mom is so grateful for what Nora and Michaela did for us,” Megan told Buzzfeed. Jessica added: “Our mom is the glue that holds us all together. Without her absolutely none of this would be possible for our family to get through.”


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