Father Pens Down Touching Tribute For Daughter With Down Syndrome On Her Wedding Day

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A loving father wrote a touching
tribute to his daughter with Down syndrome on her wedding day, praising her for
her achievements and wishing her a long and happy life with her husband-to-be.

While blushing bride Jillian was
upstairs getting ready to say ‘I do’ to her love of 10 years, her father Paul
Daugherty, 57, a sports columnist for the Cincinnati Enquirer, was writing the
25-year-old a beautiful letter in which he detailed how he used to cry over his
fear that she wouldn’t be accepted by her peers – a fear, he added, that has
gone unfounded.

‘In two hours, you will take the
walk of a lifetime, a stroll made more memorable by what you’ve achieved to get
to this day. I don’t know what the odds are of a woman born with Down syndrome
marrying the love of her life. I only know you’ve beaten them.
‘I am outside, beneath the window,
staring up. We live for moments such as these, when hopes and dreams intersect
at a sweet spot in time. When everything we’ve always imagined arrives and
assumes a perfect clarity. Bliss is possible. I know this now, standing beneath
that window. I have everything and nothing to tell you,’  he said.
Paul, who wrote An Uncomplicated
Life, a memoir about raising Jillian, explained that he never worried about her
achieving academically because he knew he and his wife would make that happen,
but he admitted that he once feared she would struggle to find friends.
The wedding took place in front of
160guests.

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