Groom Hears Late Brother’s Heart on His Wedding Day
Weddings are a day of celebration with family and friends, but sometimes there is someone important missing. It’s someone that is missed dearly, but if always remembered and represented in some way. For one groom the representation of his brother came in a way he would never imagine.
Derick and Katy were both missing someone special on their wedding day. For Katie, it was her father, and for Derick, his brother Jake, who he wanted to stand by him as his best man. Jake lost his life to a tragic accident 13 years ago. According to a video interview with the couple posted by Humankind, Jake had asked their mother if he could be an organ donor if something ever happened years before the accident ever occurred. Derick and Jake’s mother fulfilled her younger son’s request after his death, and with her help, Katy was able to find Gracie, the recipient of Jake’s heart, who lived hundreds of miles away.
Katy invited Gracie to their wedding where Derick was able to meet her before the couple's walk down the aisle, and hear his brother’s heart, the heart of a champion, one more time. Gracie also presented a gift to Derick, a small keychain with the quote “I went away so suddenly, we did not get to say goodbye, but brothers can never be parted, precious memories never die,” on the front. On the back, was a copy of one of Gracie’s EKGs, that showed that Jake’s heart still beats strong.
Video Footage Source: Humankind Stories and Fonash Studios
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