POSTED: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 9:30am
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 9:34am
AUBURN, CA (KXTV-CNN) — It was the perfect wedding. The only thing missing was the groom. But that didn't matter, because this wedding was about a father with only months to live and his daughter, who wanted to make sure that father-daughter wedding dance happened.
To say Rachel Wolf, 25, has a vivid imagination would be an understatement, but to say that desperate times call for desperate measures, that sums up this story best.
Dr. James Wolf, Rachel's dad, is the one facing desperate times. He's losing his battle with pancreatic cancer and is most afraid of what he'll miss out on.
"Because I'm saddened over the fact that I won't be there for the events of her life," he said. "That's been difficult on me."
Even though she isn't engaged, Rachel has a special invitation. In less than 10 days, the community helped pull off a fake wedding.
"I almost just want to run to him with open arms... screaming daddy!"
A few miles down the road, friends, family, strangers, even patients of the once named "Doctor of the Year" were waiting.
"It's really an honor to be in all of your lives, and I'm so thankful that you came," he said to the crowd. "And it's a dream... it's an absolute dream."
James: Hi honey you look gorgeous.
Rachel: Thanks daddy.
James: I've been waiting for this moment...I can't tell you how long I've been waiting for this moment. I love you, I love you Rachel. Let's go dance, okay?
Rachel: I picked this song out for you. Will you spin me? Thank you so much daddy for coming to this.
James: I wouldn't have missed it. I wouldn't have missed it.
He almost did miss it though.
James was in the hospital, getting a blood transfusion that morning. He isn't on chemotherapy, so if he's lucky his doctors say he has another three months.
"It was an amazing moment," he said after the dance.
Rachel: I love you dad.
James: I love you too sweetheart. I'll always be around, I want you to know that.