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Dying man leads daughter down aisle

Scott Nagy, who was diagnosed last year with urethral cancer, took part in his daughter Sarah’s wedding Saturday.

John Kuntz/The Plain Dealer via Associated Press

Scott Nagy, who was diagnosed last year with urethral cancer, took part in his daughter Sarah’s wedding Saturday.

CLEVELAND — A terminally ill Ohio man arrived at his daughter’s wedding by ambulance and gave her away from a hospital gurney.

Guests cried and clapped as Scott Nagy took part in daughter Sarah’s wedding Saturday at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Strongsville.

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A volunteer team of medical professionals helped Nagy escort the 24-year-old bride as groom Angelo Salvatore and the Rev. Chuck Knerem awaited their arrival.

‘‘It was a promise I made in March, to walk her down the aisle,’’ said the 56-year-old Brunswick man. ‘‘She’s my princess. This is my definition of walking down the aisle.’’

Nagy was diagnosed last year with urethral cancer and has undergone chemotherapy. He has been at a cancer center since August.

Doctors were uncertain if he would be able to make the wedding, initially scheduled for next year. ‘‘There was no way he was not going to finish this out,’’ said his wife Jean.

At the vestibule, Sarah burst into tears and told her father she loved him. ‘‘We did it,’’ Nagy said to her and reminded her not to streak her makeup.

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