Katie Hersom walked down the aisle Saturday evening.
Saturday morning, she made a journey that was every bit as important. She went to see her dad in the hospital.
This is a Father's Day like no other for Bob Hersom.
You may know Bob as the sports writer who covered everything from Sooner football to Blazers hockey for The Oklahoman. You may know him as the RedHawks' official scorekeeper, a Church of the Servant member or a devoted Cubs fan.
But nothing makes him prouder than being known as Robbie and Katie's dad.
Imagine his delight when Katie announced last fall that she would be getting married the day before Father's Day. The entire family would be there — Bob and his wife, Cathy; Robbie and his wife, Kristin; and the newlyweds, Katie and her husband, Blake Middleton.
What more could a proud papa want?
Then in January, Bob was diagnosed with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. It was walloping his liver, scarring it and causing it to function poorly.
He got weaker by the day even though he was going to physical therapy twice a week. He lost his appetite. He retained fluid in his abdomen.
There were so many trips to so many doctors that every office started looking the same.
Despite all the doctors and medicines and treatments, Bob needed a liver transplant.
Then exactly two weeks ago, he was hospitalized. He was having trouble breathing and was feeling weaker than ever. Tests in the emergency room quickly revealed that he had fluid around and in his lungs.
The diagnosis: pneumonia.
“He is a very sick guy, but the Hersoms are a tough bunch,” Robbie wrote on a website the family has set up on CaringBridge.org. “We have put this all in God's hands and acknowledge that our strength has one source — HIM.”
That faith has been sustaining as the days have been a roller coaster of promising prognoses and sobering setbacks. He went on a ventilator and on dialysis, then had an infection. He improved, then needed surgery for an abscess. He moved up the transplant list, then developed an infection.
“He is being a fighter,” Robbie told me, “but he really needs a liver soon.”
A few nights ago, a liver came in that matched Bob's blood type, but someone was higher on the transplant list. He is next in line, but he has to be healthy enough when an organ becomes available.
Saturday brought good news — the doctors are happy with Bob's improvement.
It also brought that wedding day visit from Katie. The family has long suspected that Bob might not be healthy enough to attend her wedding.
Neither Bob nor the rest of the family wanted to take away from Katie's big day — he let that be known long ago — but Katie wasn't about to get married without him.
She wore a bracelet with her daddy's picture on it and attached his wedding ring to her bouquet.
Those details are as painful as they are beautiful.
Katie and Blake had the wedding videotaped, and once Bob is feeling better, they will sit and watch it with him. No doubt he will love every minute of it.
But here is my Father's Day wish for Bob — a dance.
After he watches the wedding ceremony with Katie, I hope they will dance like they would've done Saturday night. I hope he will shuffle her around the room with a big smile on his face. I pray he will know that this was the best Father's Day ever.