Total ‘Heart’ Warming Story: Man Who Received Heart of Bride’s Deceased Father, Walks Her Down The Aisle

This story is bittersweet, as Jeni Stepien has married the man of her dreams (Paul Maenner) in what she has described as “the best day of my life.” Rewinding the story back to 2006, when Stepien lost her father to murder, as he was robbed and killed while walking home from work as a chef. His heart was donated to transplant recipient Arthur Thomas, who goes by the name ‘Tom.’

“I was on death’s door when he was murdered and I needed a heart or I was going to be dying in the next few days,” Thomas said. Source
Thomas wrote a heartfelt thank you note to Stepien’s family the following Christmas, and the families have kept in touch ever since. But it wasn’t until the wedding planning began that Stepien recognized the perfect opportunity for the families to meet. Source

Stepien’s wrote ‘Tom’ a letter, asking if he would walk her down the aisle at St. Anselm church, and he obliged, making a trip from New Jersey to Swissvale, PA, stepping in for Jeni’s deceased father who could not be there in the physical, but his heart was there.

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Proving that organ donors do matter, this is such an inspirational story…There is life after death after all.

Photo credit: Lauren Renee Art Design Photography/Facebook

 

 

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