A mother helped her two teenage daughters to take wedding photos & first dances with their terminally ill father after she learned that he only has a few months left to live.
Moving Facebook post, Nicole Halbert, 41, from Tomball, Texas, explained that in April her husband Jason, 51, was diagnosed with grade IV glioblastoma, an incurable and aggressive form of brain cancer.
The family heard last month that his cancer had leaked into his brain fluid. The condition, known as leptomeningal disease, has reduced its life expectancy from just over a year to just two or three months.
Bitter sweet: Jason Halbert, 51, took part in a staged wedding shoot with his daughters Kaylee (left) and Ashlee (right) after learning that he only has a few months left to live
Heartbreaking: in April, the loving father was diagnosed with grade IV glioblastoma, an incurable and aggressive form of brain cancer
& # 39; Your heart stops, you can't hear it, your breath becomes superficial, & # 39; Nicole remembered the moment she was told the heartbreaking news. & # 39; How should we tell our daughters? How should we plan our future? & # 39;
The mother explained that Jason & # 39; always the most attentive father & # 39; has been for their daughters Kaylee (18) and Ashlee (16) and & # 39; never missed one of their events & # 39 ;.
& # 39; We have raised two & # 39; s girls and I was about to break their hearts. Their future suddenly looked very different, & she wrote. & # 39; The dreams they had of their father who let them walk down the aisle had come to a whimpering halt.
& # 39; The particular songs they have played hundreds of times imagining themselves swirling around a dance floor, in the perfect dress, in the arms of the first man they once loved, suddenly took on a new meaning. & # 39;
When their daughters asked if they still & # 39; their & # 39; dancing with their father, they came up with the idea of stating the moment before it happened as something they can look back to when they are gone.
Hard to handle: last month the family heard that his cancer had leaked into his brain fluid, so his life expectancy lasted from just over a year to just a few months
To make it count: the forecast led Jason's wife Nicole and their daughters to come up with the idea to pre-create their wedding dances with him & # 39;
Special moment: dozens of friends gathered to help them start the emotional shoot, which took place on October 14 at Olde Dobbin Station in Montgomery, Texas
& # 39; We create memories, we recreate them, why not PRE-create for a moment? & # 39; Nicole asked.
Dozens of friends came together to help them start the emotional shoot, which took place on October 14, with many even offering wedding dresses that Kaylee and Ashlee can wear.
Olde Dobbin Station in Montgomery, Texas, gave the family full use of its facilities while Shalonda Chaddock, a professional photographer and friend of Nicole's, immediately agreed to capture the moment.
Photos from the shoot show that Jason embraced his daughters during their individual dances and took them down the & # 39; aisle & # 39; ran – one on each of his arms.
Nicole noted that videographer Michael Shea was also at the shoot and explained that he & # 39; had ensured that the girls had the most special video they could watch for years to come & # 39 ;.
Support system: friends offered wedding dresses for Kaylee and Ashlee to wear on the day of the staged wedding shoot
Emotional moment: Kaylee couldn't help but cried when she hugged her father during their dance
Never forget: Nicole said her daughters are shooting a & # 39; with their father. eternal memory & # 39;
& # 39; The day of the dance the sun shined through gray rain clouds, sunlight mixed with rain showers. I realized afterwards how suitable the weather was for this day, & she said.
& # 39; That is what we have done throughout the journey, trying to find the light between the darkness, the sunshine in the rain. There was laughter and tears, but in the end there was an eternal memory. & # 39;
Although they chose to hide the video from the shoot until Kaylee and Ashlee's wedding, Nicole said they wanted to share a few photos to help others who are facing losing a parent.
& # 39; Maybe this story can evoke an idea for someone else to pre-create their moments, so feel free to share it. SHARE IT! & # 39; she wrote. "It was because someone shared a similar story that this seed planted, and we will be grateful for it forever, so we want to pay for it."
Most importantly, the family wanted to use the photos to increase awareness of glioblastoma multiforme and leptomeningal disease.
Inspirational: Nicole said they wanted to share a few photos to help others who are facing losing a parent
Spreading the word: the most important thing was that the family wanted to use the photos to increase awareness of glioblastoma multiforme and leptomeningal disease
& # 39; They are both extremely rare and receive very little attention, & # 39; she explained. & # 39; Those who live with this beast need more research, more funding, and we need a CURE! By having more people fight with us in this war, this will bring about much needed change.
& # 39; When our girls look back on this chapter, I want them to remember not a journey of death, but a journey of life, & # 39; she added, urging others to live their lives to the full.
Make the journey, take the pictures, eat the dessert first, go to your friends, play games with your children, make your days important! If you live your life surrounded by kindness and love, you have lived your life well. & # 39;
While talking with Today, Nicole opened the father-daughter photo shoot and said she was happy that her girls had that moment with their father.
& # 39; It was heartbreaking but joyful. I hated having to do it, but I thought it was great that we could do it, & she said, noting that she was proud of both her daughters and her husband.
Good news: Jason responds well to an anticancer medicine that disrupts the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body and was told he may have more time than they thought
Tribute: Nicole and her daughters plan to get matching matching sound wave tattoos from Jason who says: & # 39; I love you girls. & # 39; He also makes recordings for them and writes letters to them
Bucket List: With the help of Stella & # 39; s Wish Foundation, Jason was able to attend a Dallas Cowboys in August. His family plans to have every moment they have with him count
& # 39; I was so proud of him because he fought because he felt miserable doing this for them, & # 39; she explained. & # 39; He would not see them in a wedding dress or at that time. So now he has & # 39; n image. So it was important for him to know that that is what it could be. & # 39;
Nicole and her daughters are planning to get matching matching sound wave tattoos from Jason and say: & I love you, girls. & # 39; He also made recordings to listen to them and wrote them letters to open on important days in their lives.
A few days ago the family revealed at the & # 39;Pray for J& # 39; Facebook page where Jason responds well to a cancer drug that disrupts the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.
The doctor said it is likely that Jason has more time than they were told during his last prognosis.
A GoFundMe page is also set up for the family to help with the rising medical costs of Jason.
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