Everyone has heartfelt dreams and hopes for themselves and their families. Sadly, people don’t always get the chance to see their wishes come true. It didn’t seem like one dad’s lifelong desire would ever be fulfilled, but fate had other plans. Life is short, and sometimes it flies by. In the blink of an eye, people fill their journals and bucket list with numerous Ambitions, but only a handful sent out to make it a reality.
Parents also have many wishes for their children. They long to see them succeed, but sometimes they aren’t around to watch their little ones grow up. One critically ill father had weeks to live when his children did something unbelievable. It was a tear-jerking moment. They would cherish forever.
William Willie Sheldon’s cancer diagnosis shocked him and his family. They believed there would be countless happy years ahead of them and the father of seven still had many lessons to share and memories to make. The US Army veteran, had glioblastoma multiform and a life-changing development shattered. Willy’s family, he was their hero and they wanted nothing more than to see him survive.
They knew it would be impossible for him to see all his dreams come true in the time he had left, but there was one desire he longed for more than anything in Millersburg, Ohio, Willie’s, wife, Cheryl Shelton, gathered her courage and planned as special surprise for her Husband, as the father of seven girls, will you always look forward to seeing his daughters get married?
The Highlight he dreamed about was walking them down. The aisle Cheryl shared the one constant was always I want to see my girls grow up and I want to walk him down. The aisle Willie was weak, but a plan was set in motion thanks to the assistance of various helpers and generous donors, including Life Care, Hospice and David’s Bridal. The family told Willie that his eldest daughter, Emily Flynn, who had already been wet in court, was renewing her vows. While the father was too sick to walk her down the aisle he was thrilled to experience the special moment.
However, there was much more happening behind the scenes within three days. All seven of his daughters chose wedding dresses so that Willie would be honored to see them as brides before he passed away. During a beautiful backyard ceremony in 2017, Willie was stunned to see all of his precious children in wide gowns Flynn revealed that her father was confused, speechless and happy Shira landed. This was very touching for him and it was a dream that we could fulfill to the best or closest. We could possibly do.
Willie had tears in his eyes as he stood to witness something he’d always looked forward to, but thought was impossible. It also meant the world to him and his kids and daughter Lindsay Shelton shared. I always assumed that my dad would be there to walk me down the aisle and when the possibility was there that he wasn’t going to be able to.
This was everything the children were gifted with a treasured Keepsake, a heart-shaped blanket that ran a Father’s Love, Never Ends it held a sweet photo of them with their dad. During the ceremony Willie passed away two weeks after the special ceremony in the town of Millersburg honored him, they named a section of a busy roadway after him because of his time in service, ensuring that his name wouldn’t be forgotten.
While many would remember him as a veteran, he was just a dad to his family. They described him as the happiest and most giving person thanks to the support of their Community, the Shelton family was able to grant their beloved father and husband his biggest wish. Willy’s daughters were immensely grateful.
They had the chance to give him something after everything, he’d given them, their unique experience would remain in their hearts forever and while their father was no longer with him physically, his memory lived on in their hearts share the Shelton family’s heartwarming stories, so others can see The lengths one man’s daughters and wife went to they could fulfill his dying wish.