Weddings are among the most significant rites of passage in our lives. Most marriage celebrations are occasions for family members to come together to honor the joining of two people and their respective parents, siblings, children, and more. The luckiest brides and grooms are able to celebrate their weddings with every member of their families. For Jennifer Switzer's wedding, this bride got extra-extra lucky.
In the lead-up to her celebration, Jennifer's father Marvin was stuck in the hospital, waiting for a heart transplant. Marvin wanted to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding more than anything. So he asked a social worker at the hospital whether there was a space in the building where they could hold a small ceremony, so that he could take part without being away from the medical equipment that was maintaining his health. What happened next is truly amazing.
The Peter Munk Cardiac Centre in Toronto, where Marvin was waiting, has a large atrium, a high-ceilinged space with glass walls that generally hosts nurses on short breaks or recovering patients taking in some sun through the enormous windows. And it was that atrium that the hospital staff decided should play host to Jennifer's wedding.
18 guests at the celebration were treated to food, flowers, and piano music during the wedding. Everything was provided by the hospital.
"There wasn't a dry eye in the wedding," Marvin Switzer said. "The hospital overwhelmed us with kindness."
And, as if the generous move by the hospital had started a wave of positivity and goodwill, two days after he walked his daughter down the aisle in the atrium, Marvin was notified that there was a donated heart available for him. Recently, Marvin was at last released from the hospital with his new heart, which must be full to the brim with love and gratitude!