Charlie Kwentus gave his daughters a treat they’ll remember long after he is gone…
This is Charlie Kwentus, a 42-year-old father of two from Missouri.
Kwentus has been battling a brain tumor since he was 26 years old. About two years ago, he decided to stop treatment in order to “look for a better life.”
Kwentus and his wife, Courtney Beers, began working with a local organization called Annie’s Hope, which helps children deal with grief.
Becky Byrne of Annie’s Hope told BuzzFeed News the couple wanted to help their young daughters, 13-year-old Zoe and 9-year-old Maren, deal with their dad’s illness. Recently, one of the girls told her dad that she realized he “won’t be at my wedding,” and they won’t get to do a father-daughter dance.
After she was told about the comment, Byrne said she and other representatives from Annie’s Hope came together and decided to give the girls a special memory. They soon found a bunch of local businesses to pitch in to help the girls have a night they’ll never forget. Byrne said the event had a wedding reception “type of feel,” but “it was a medley of a few different life events.”
First the girls got pampered by getting their hair done…
And their nails done.
Then, Zoe and Maren got all dressed up in brand-new, fancy dresses and took a ride in a limo.
They took professional photos with their dad, who looked dapper in a tux.
From there they were whisked away to a local country club, where they had a fancy dinner and two special father-daughter dances.
Kwentus also got to share with his girls a toast for their future wedding. “If you do get married, I’d like you to choose someone that makes you feel special,” he said.
Byrne said that the girls were over the moon about their special night. “The excitement was just immeasurable,” she said.
Kwentus said the night was more than he could have “ever imagined,” Byrnes said. She added that the family strives to live each day as if “every moment was a gift.”