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Bride Given Away by Man Who Received Her Father’s Donated Heart

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Down the Aisle

jeni stepien wedding with heart transplant recipient

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Jeni wrote in her letter to Arthur Thomas, the man who received her father’s heart, “Dear Tom, I’m the daughter of the man whose heart is inside you, and I’m going to get married on August 6th.” She continued, “One further thing, if you’re willing, would you walk me down the aisle?” Arthur was delighted to do this for Jeni, and traveled from New Jersey to Pittsburgh to be there for her on her big day. Watch the heartwarming wedding video next!

A Beating Heart

jeni stepien wedding with heart transplant recipient

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Jeni was thrilled to meet Arthur and have him walk her down the aisle to her waiting groom. Jeni touched Arthur’s chest during the ceremony and began crying. She claimed, “It is just like having my father here, and better because we get to share this story with other people, and people get to see that organ donors do matter.”

A Happy Ending


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Jeni couldn’t be happier with the way her wedding turned out, and even danced with Arthur who holds her father’s beating heart. Thousands of people are anxiously waiting for lifesaving organ donations, and many don’t have the opportunity to receive them because they aren’t enough donations given. Consider becoming an organ donor today and saving a life or a few lives when you pass away. Did you love Jeni’s story? Let us know in the comments and SHARE this story!

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