Find a list of your saved stories here

Bride honors friend and cancer-stricken father at wedding

Save Story

Save stories to read later

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

REHOBOTH, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts bride is gaining national attention after ceding the traditional father-daughter dance at her wedding to her best friend and her father, who is dying of cancer.

Michaela Cook-Yotts invited her bridesmaid, Jessica Otto, to take the dancefloor with her father and sister at Cook-Yotts' February wedding in Sharon.

Otto told WPRI-TV she was grateful for the "selfless" act. She told ABC her father, Peter, only has about two months to live after battling cancer since 2001.

The three danced to Aaron Krause's version of "Every Breath You Take" by The Police.

Peter Otto is a patient at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and participated for years in the annual Pan-Mass Challenge that benefits it. But Jessica will be cycling solo next month because of her father's declining health.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Most recent U.S. stories

Related topics

The Associated Press


    Catch up on the top news and features from, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast