Everyone at Erin Kelly's wedding will have to channel "Kelly Tough" when her father, Jim, walks her down the aisle, or twirls her around during the traditional father-daughter dance.
The wedding dance was one of the things he prayed for when the Hall of Fame quarterback was battling cancer, and he'll get the chance Saturday, when Erin and her fiance, Parker Bean, are married.
Jill Kelly posted a sweet video on Facebook of her husband and daughter practicing for the big day.
Late night, emotional, 2 days before the wedding moment...Watching these two practice the Father/Daughter dance...Only crying a little bit. Just a little.I can’t help but be overwhelmed with gratitude and awe.While Jim was going through his cancer battle he prayed daily to be able to live to walk his daughters down the aisle.The oldest will do that in two days.And he will be there!!!If you prayed for Jim and our family during his battle - THANK YOU!This is answered prayer!God is amazing!Praise the Lord!
Posted by Jill Kelly - Author/Speaker on Thursday, January 11, 2018
"I can’t help but be overwhelmed with gratitude and awe," Jill Kelly wrote. "While Jim was going through his cancer battle he prayed daily to be able to live to walk his daughters down the aisle."
Kelly was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in June 2013, underwent surgery and was declared in remission. But then, in March 2014, the cancer returned. After radiation and chemotherapy, Kelly announced in August 2014 that he was once again cancer-free.
And the year after that, Erin Kelly and her mother wrote a personal account of some of the darkest days the family has faced. The book, "Kelly Tough," tells the story of love between a father and a daughter, and hope for the future.
"If you prayed for Jim and our family during his battle - THANK YOU!" Jill Kelly wrote on Facebook Thursday. "This is answered prayer! God is amazing! Praise the Lord!"
And Thursday, Kelly and his daughter were practicing for the big dance to Tim McGraw's "My Little Girl."
"You're beautiful baby, from the outside in
Chase your dreams but always know
The road that will lead you home again
Go on, take on this old world but to me
You know you'll always be my little girl."