PRLog - April 16, 2014 - ANAHEIM, Calif. -- A few weeks ago Jim Zetz, 62 from Murrieta, California did what many fathers do, walked his daughter down the aisle. However, this time it was different. Jim had Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer and with the knowledge that Jim would likely not be around to walk Josie down the aisle, when she really wed, photographer Lindsay Villatora decided to make a lifelong memory for the pair on Josie's 11th birthday. With support from friends and strangers, Villatoro put on a special "daddy-daughter ceremony, complete with a wedding cake, presents and a bridal dress for Josie.
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The special wedding went viral and touched the hearts of millions of people across the globe. Here is the link to the day created by Lindsay Villatoro http://vimeo.com/
Friends are by Your Side an organization that grants wishes and wigs to people battling cancer decided that the Zetz family deserved a "family honeymoon". They are sending the family and many of their friends to Disneyland on April 20 for a vacation to remember.
About Friends Are By Your Side:
Friends Are By Your Side is the home of Wigs and Wishes. In 1998, Martino Cartier began the journey of changing lives through his career as a salon owner, stylist, educator, and TV personality. On May 10, 2011, www.FriendsAreByYourSide.com was born.
Martino´s vision was to join forces with salons across the world and take the pledge to restore dignity to women who lost their hair to chemotherapy AT NO CHARGE. His goal was to find a safe haven for women to go to regardless of their financial situation. Presently, we have hundreds of salons that have made that dream a reality.
Martino´s desire took on a new light when he met Kiki. Kiki was a beautiful girl who had been battling cancer since she was only eight years old. She had been turned down for a wig by a number of foundations.
In April of 2012, Kiki and Martino were introduced when Kiki´s mother reached out to New Jersey State Freeholder, Vincent Nestore, and the rest is history. Martino made a wig for her and the friendship began. Seven months later on November 4, 2012, Martino andwww.FriendsAreByYourSide.com brought Kiki to meet Justin Bieber. Not only did she arrive in a hot pink stretch limo, but she was also given the chance to hang out with Justin before the show and take some pictures. Following her meet-and-greet, Kiki was given front row tickets and sat on Martino´s shoulders during the entire concert.
The entire day was priceless. One week later Kiki lost her battle to childhood cancer leaving Martino with a broken heart, but a validation that the mission ofwww.FriendsAreByYourSide.com was truly his life´s purpose. Since then, hundreds of wigs have been given and dozens of wishes have been granted thanks to generous people just like you.