Dad is 42-year-old Charlie Kwentus.
Charlie was diagnosed with Oligodendroglioma, a brain tumor. After years of surgeries, scans, and sickness, he recently stopped all treatment.
To that end, the entire family packed up the car and went on a three-week vacation all over the western United States. Maren and Zoe both said that it was important for all of them to be together.
“I feel like we’re building a bank of memories that will last a lifetime,” Beers explained. “They have to last a lifetime.”
But when the girls started realizing that their dad probably wouldn’t be around for graduations, proms, or weddings, a non-profit called Annie’s Hope stepped in to help.
Annie’s Hope has counseled countless grieving children and they came up with a plan to give the girls a page for the scrapbook of their memories.
“I won’t be able to walk them down the aisle but I will get this,” Charlie said.
After putting on the glitz at the salon, the girls came home to put on some new dresses. With dad in his tuxedo, they all climbed into a shiny black limousine. The first stop was for photos to capture this moment in time, then on to the grounds of the famed Westborough Country Club. Awaiting them, a delicious dinner with privacy and then something with poignancy. Their very own, father-daughter dance.
“It’s overwhelming. It’s like pinch me, I’m in a dream,” Charlie said.
And then a moment that proves there’s nothing bigger than a dad’s love for his little girls. A speech telling them how much he loved them.
Doctors can’t make Charlie’s tumor disappear, but for one night it did.