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Dying Dad Walks Daughter Down Aisle at Surprise "Wedding"

Jim Zetz was given two weeks to live in October after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

By Irene Moore
|  Thursday, Apr 3, 2014  |  Updated 3:16 PM EDT
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Josie Zetz got the gift of a lifetime when her family's photographer threw a surprise wedding on March 14, allowing her dying dad to walk her down the aisle.

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Jim Zetz got his dying wish to walk his daughter down the aisle on her wedding day even though she's only 11.

He was given two weeks to live in October after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Complete with a pastor, flowers and gifts, the ceremony took place in their Murrieta backyard.

"Down the road, this will mean a lot to her," Zetz told the Press-Enterprise, crying. "She will always remember it."

The event was organized by Southern California photographer Lindsay Villatoro. She captured the ceremony in an emotional video seen tens of thousands of times on YouTube.

Villatoro said she wanted to preserve the bittersweet memory.

After a little coaxing from the photographer, Jim's daughter, Josie, opened up to the idea and graciously allowed her makeup and hair to be done.

"In 20 years from now," she told Josie, "you can play this on your wedding day."

In a beautiful bridal dress and in tears, the girl with wavy black hair walked down the aisle -- her father looking dapper in a gray suit and black flat cap.

After their session, Villatoro posted the photos on her company’s website, Love Song Photography, accompanied by a picture of Josie. 

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