Meet Maren and Zoe Kwentus from St. Louis County. At age 9 and 13 respectively, they just finished getting their first official “star treatment” at a local salon and spa. It was no doubt a relaxing one that they will remember for quite some time.
But contrary to what you might think, it is not the fancy nails, the soothing massage, or the new hair styles that will make this day one of the most memorable in their lives.
No, this was an extra special visit that was part of a bigger plan for their dying father: 42-year-old Charlie Kwentus.
Kwentus was recently diagnosed with Oligodendroglioma, a very complicated brain tumor. And after years of surgeries, scans, and sickness, he and his family made the decision to stop all treatment and live out his final days as normal as possible.
And Kwentus is wasting no time making new memories, living for today without worrying about tomorrow. Recently for example, the entire family packed up the car and went on a three-week vacation all over the western United States.
And when the girls realized that their dad probably wouldn’t be around for graduations, proms, or weddings, Annie’s Hope stepped in to help.
Annie’s Hope is a non-profit organization that tries to help kids heal. They counsel grieving children in times of need, and came up with a plan to create a page in the Kwentus family album that will no doubt go down in history as their best day ever.
After putting on the glitz at the salon, the girls came home to put on some brand new dresses. With dad in his tuxedo, they were escorted in a shiny black limousine to a night on the town.
The first stop was for some special family photos. Afterwards they stopped at the famed Westborough Country Club where they enjoyed a private dinner and music.
And before the night was over, Charlie Kwentus invited his girls on their dance floor for their first ever father-daughter dance.
Though even the best medicine can’t make his tumor disappear, Charlie put it all aside to enjoy a night that none of them will ever forget.
Check out the following video about their journey from USA Today:
Inspiration for this article came from the Huffington Post.