Leukemia-Stricken Father Gets To Walk Daughter Down Aisle With Surprise Hospital Wedding

Posted On : 11/21/2017

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — This daughter moved up her wedding five months so her father could walk her down the aisle. He’s currently battling leukemia.

This heartwarming story certainly brings the value of life and loved ones to the forefront.

According to WCVB-5 News, Vieneese Stanton, 27, took her 64-year-old stepfather — Preston Rolan — by surprise with a wedding last Thursday inside the University of California – San Francisco Medical Center, where he’s currently being treated for his sickness.

The source says he raised Stanton since she was 3 years old.

Initially, Stanton’s wedding was scheduled for April 2018. However, after talking with doctors regarding her father’s declining health, she decided to move it up.

Note: WCVB reports that Rolan was diagnosed with leukemia in February of this year.


As reports the source, Stanton told ABC News she wanted her father to be part of the milestones he may miss due to his condition.

During an interview with the source, she mentioned as follows.

“In the beginning of October, his doctors … began to talk to me about his condition not get better. They said I needed to start talking to my dad about where he wants to die … and things like that. With that conversation being necessary, I talked to my fiancé and said, ‘We’ve got to make some changes.'”

So, they did.

In addition to the wedding, it turns out Stanton is pregnant and expecting in March 2018. She also wanted her father to be part of the child’s birth.

My dad is excited about that. Those are his two big motivations to fight this cancer,” Stanton mentions. “He’s always talking about the baby, or talking about the wedding.

However, while she can’t reschedule the due date, she could definitely do something to ensure he walks her down the aisle.


Stanton surprised Rolan with the wedding on November 16.

She says her favorite part was seeing the look on her father’s face when he first saw her in the wedding gown, the source reports. She mentioned as follows.

“He had no idea. And just walking with him — actually taking that walk — was amazing. I was so glad we got to do that. I really got to talk with him and have him hold my arm, and that part was definitely the best.”

According to WCVB-5, the facility’s nurses “kicked into high gear” when Stanton gave them the news.

Assistant nurse manager Elaine Esler says the entire 150-person nursing staff helped with the occasion, after two nurses sent out an email with the secret wedding plans.

Some of the nurses brought in decorations. Esler said that real flowers risk infection for the patients, so they don’t allow those in that particular unit. So, they used silk flowers.

But overall, she mentions as follows.

“It was really fun and really special to see. There were a lot of tears in people’s eyes.”

Adding to Stanton’s assistance, the hospital’s harpist, chaplains, and chefs were also on hand for the occasion and provided food and cupcakes.

UCSF did an amazing thing hosting for Rolan and his daughter. They’re surely grateful for the experience and ability to have shared it together.

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