A Massachusetts bride has decided to give her childhood friend a gift she likely would not have been given otherwise: one last dance with her father.
Jessica Otto's dad, Peter Otto, has been diagnosed with cancer for the fourth time. While he continues to fight, it does not look like he has much time left at this point.
"He isn't doing well," Jessica told ABC News.
Because her father only has another month or two to live, Jessica understands that she will not be able to have her father-daughter dance when she eventually gets married.
So, when Jessica’s childhood friend Michaela Cook-Yotts began planning her wedding, she immediately knew she wanted to give away her own father-daughter dance to Jessica and her dad.
"When she met Mr. Otto, she fell in love with him," Michaela’s now-wife, Nora Cook-Yotts, said.
When the couple ran the idea by Jessica, she was “immediately down.”
"Deep down, I knew it wasn't in the cards for us," Jessica said. "It was everything to me, I don’t think they will ever fully know [what] it meant to me."
The dance meant the world to Jessica, who considers her father to be her best friend.
"He would give you the shirt off his back, the kindest person most selfless I've ever met," she said.
Jessica and her dad both love to ride bikes, and each year, they participate in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), an annual bike-a-thon that benefits Dana-Farber, where Peter is currently being treated.
Every year, Jessica and her father ride through 46 Massachusetts cities over the course of two days, but Peter is not well enough to participate this year.
In the past, the pair have ridden in hopes that some of the money raised might benefit Jessica’s father, but they understand that that will not happen this year.
"I used to go into this each year feeling really happy and positive," she said, "This year though, I have a lot of anger."
Still, Jessica plans to participate and help raise money for other families in need.
"As long as my body will let me ride, I'll ride," she said.
Because they will not have the PMC to look forward to this year, the father-daughter dance at the Cook-
Yotts wedding meant more to Jessica and her father than they can even put into words.
"They called our names and had us come up there and he knew," said Jessica, who added that the pair danced to a remix version of "Every Breath You Take." "It was so selfless of them to take time at their wedding to give us this moment."
"It was the best part of the wedding and I know Nora would say the same thing. There wasn't a dry eye in the house," Cook-Yotts added.