‘I’m just crying because I’m happy,’ Dying father gets father-daughter dance

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WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. — Some days last longer than others. For sisters Maren and Zoe, this is one will likely last forever.

They got the star treatment at Identity Salon and Spa in south St. Louis County, Missouri.

It’s not often that girls, ages 9 and 13, get pampered like this and the truth is… what will stick is not the hair spray, but the reason this is all happening.

“We’re doing this for my dad,” Maren said.

Dad is 42-year-old Charlie Kwentus.

“I think anybody who knows Charlie would say that he’s kind and patient,” Charlie’s wife, Courtney Beers, said.

He’s also the type that lives for today without worrying about tomorrow. Not that he was given the choice.

“I can remember exactly where I was sitting, and then just all of a sudden the weight of the world felt on our shoulders,” Beers recalled.

Charlie was diagnosed with Oligodendroglioma, a brain tumor. After years of surgeries, scans, and sickness, he recently stopped all treatment.

“And I just decided and my family backed me on it that it was time to quit,” Charlie said. “You know, quality versus quantity.”

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.

The girls got all dolled up, Dad put on a tux, and they had a night that will likely live in their memories forever.

“I won’t be able to walk them down the aisle, but I will get this,” Charlie said.

Doctors can’t make Charlie’s tumor disappear, but for one night it did.

“We always talk about keeping me in their hearts. I am going to live on in their hearts,” Charlie told NewsChannel 5.

A night never to be forgotten for a family that wants to always remember.


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