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Bride weds at Alzheimer’s center

Bride weds at Alzheimer’s center


This story making the rounds online has touched our hearts – all thanks to a bride’s about-face.

Miriam Reeves and her fiancé, Mark Davis, were all set to exchange vows at their church in Ypsilanti, Mich. But about a month ago, the bride felt she could no longer walk down the aisle.

At least not without her father, Bernard Reeves, by her side.

Mr. Reeves, 64 and a Vietnam War veteran, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2006. When his symptoms worsened about two years ago, he moved to the Foundation Park Alzheimer’s Care Center in Toledo, Ohio.

Worried that her father — who was once a police chaplain and most recently a pastor in Detroit — would wander in an unfamiliar setting, Ms. Reeves relocated the ceremony to the nursing home, where staff happily accommodated the family’s wishes.

“My dad has been my hero my entire life and I know that if he was well, he would be at my wedding front and center,” she told The Blade newspaper before the ceremony. “And I thought, ‘Why not move it there and it would be more of a special event.’”

So on Saturday morning, arm in arm, Mr. Reeves gave his daughter away as guests struggled to hold back tears.

“He still knows who we are, but he doesn’t say much and he can’t care for himself. I feel like a part of him will know what’s going on,” Ms. Reeves said earlier.

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