Saturday, October 24, 2015

Daughter helps Dad do what he loves most

When Brittany Dejean and her little brother were growing up near Pottstown, PA, their Dad often danced with them. But that changed just before Christmas in 1998. Brittany was only 12 when a car crash killed her little brother and left her Dad paralyzed from the chest down. He still enjoyed watching other people dance, but knew he never would again. Seventeen years later, when Brittany got engaged, she asked if he'd dance with her at the wedding. She told him how important it was to her, and he finally agreed. They were helped by a choreographer from an organization called Roll Call Wheelchair Dance, and after Brittany was married last June, she and her Dad took the floor to the music of "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack. Her Dad was smiling.

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"We started dancing and it felt like all the choreography went out of my head and my Dad was directing me through" she remembered. We messed up sometimes but it took us a couple movements and the room started cheering and clapping. It was so wonderful."

Brittany's Dad, Paul Martin, 57, wasn't afraid of looking foolish. "I didn't really care," he explained, "because I wasn't there for anyone else but her." To see this precious moment, and learn the blessings that followed, visit

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