Sunday, January 17, 2016

Dying Vietnam Veteran Gets Last Wish For Daughter

Fargo veteran's last wish to walk daughter down the aisle comes true 
Forum News Service
By Emily Welker
Jan 16, 2016
That's where Wishes on Wings came in. The Fargo Veterans Affairs organization has been using donations to fund wishes for veterans with life-limiting or terminal illness for roughly the past decade.
Eldon Frye walks his daughter Teah Frye Moncada down the aisle at her wedding Jan. 4 at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fargo. Frye died four days later on Jan. 8. (Special to the Forum News Service)
FARGO - He'd made it through a year in Vietnam, 35 years of marriage and three children, but with just one month to go before his daughter's Feb. 6 wedding, it was becoming clear Eldon Frye wasn't going to make it down the aisle with her.

It had always been an important milestone to both of them, his daughter said. Teah Frye Moncada recalls all the times they'd talked about it, from when she was a little girl through all the ball games they'd attended and the shared hunting and fishing trips in western North Dakota.

"I'm his baby girl. I'm his only girl," she said. "It's always been our dream."

In October, when Eldon was hospitalized with lung cancer, he sat his daughter's boyfriend of a year and a half on his hospital bed, looked him in the eye, and told him he had one wish: He wanted to walk Teah down the aisle.

Aaron proposed shortly thereafter and the couple set the date for a February wedding at First Lutheran Church in downtown Fargo.

"He sees how Aaron looks at me," she said softly. "And how much he loves me."

But as anyone knows who's ever dealt with cancer, the hope sometimes runs out faster than the wishes.
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