The first dance is a rite of passage for most newlyweds. But for Chance Veazey, it was also inspiring testament to the power of friendship.
In January, the 29-year-old from Tifton, Georgia, tied the knot with his longtime love, Molly. To celebrate, he was determined to be with her on the dance floor — wheelchair or not.
Chance’s life changed dramatically on October 28, 2009.
Just two days after the college freshman earned a starting spot on the University of Georgia’s baseball team, he was hit by a car on the way back to his dorm room. The accident left him paralyzed from the waist down, which meant he could no longer walk or play the sport he loved.
Maria Cottle, his aunt, said Molly was his rock throughout his recovery process. While the two ended up parting ways, love brought them back together six years later to continue their romance.
So when they finally began planning their big day, Chance wanted to make it as special as possible. He’d recently seen a video of another man in a wheelchair who was able to dance with his bride thanks to people who’d strapped his legs to theirs, and he was determined to do the same for Molly.
With the help of his own best friends, they shared an unforgettable first dance to Céline Dion’s “Because You Loved Me.”
While two men stood on either side of Chance to keep him steady, Molly wrapped her arms around his neck and rested her head on his shoulder. The scene had more than a few guests wiping away tears, and Molly later described the experience with one word: “Magical.”
“It was the best moment of my life,” Chance added. “It gave me a sense of pride and fulfillment that I didn’t think was possible.”
With friends like these, it’s no wonder Chance has stayed so positive. We’d all be lucky to have such wonderful people in our corner.
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