A touching video is going viral this week showing an Alabama bride dancing with her terminally ill father at her wedding.
Mary Bourne Roberts had known what song she would use for her father and daughter dance ever since she was a little girl. As a child, she often danced in the kitchen with her father Jim to Lee Ann Womack’s 2000 hit “I Hope You Dance,” and it was this song that she always wanted to perform with him at her wedding.
When Mary Bourne finally got the chance to perform the dance with him at her December 29 wedding in Point Clear, Alabama, the performance did not quite look like she had always envisioned. That’s because Jim had been diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive and incurable form of brain cancer, in 2017 and was now confined to a wheelchair. Despite this, Mary Bourne and Jim were determined to make their father and daughter dance happen.
Mary Bourne described the experience of dancing with her father at her wedding “overwhelming,” adding that the dance felt “second nature” because of how many times they had done it over the years.
“Our family has been through so much since Jim’s diagnosis,” said Tracy, her mother. “It was awesome to be able to celebrate Mary Bourne [together]… the dance was a dream come true for both of them.”
Tracy went on to say that the family has been shocked by just how viral the video has gone.
“It’s been great to see people touched by the love they share – we’re used to seeing it all the time!” Tracy said.
Check out the emotional dance for yourself in the video below.