Mothers typically aim to protect and nurture their children, but at his wedding reception in 2014, Mary Ann Manning’s son Ryan turned the tables. He supported his dying mother during an astonishing and heart-warming last dance. Mary Ann passed away just three days later.
“The family knew their time with her was limited…”
During the final stages of her battle with cancer, Manning had just one dying wish. She wanted to have a final dance with her son, Ryan, at his wedding on Sept. 5, 2014, reports the Today Show. When a stroke shortly before the wedding prevented her from flying, the determined but weak Mary Ann made plans to travel to the ceremony in a six-hour car ride. When the time for the reception’s mother-son dance arrived, Manning surprised attendees by finding the strength to rise from her wheelchair and head to the dance floor, into the arms of her son Ryan.
Watch Mary Ann’s touching last dance to witness this special and touching moment.
The wedding guests gathered on the outskirts of the dance floor, many visibly moved by the emotional dance. Ryan held his mother close, helping support her ailing body as she draped her limp arms around his neck and Israel Ka’ano’i Kamakawiwo’ole’s “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” medley played in the background.
The family knew their time with her was limited as they watched Ryan slowly guide his mother back and forth on the dance floor. Mary Ann Manning lost her battle with cancer 72 hours later, according to the Huffington Post.
The strength that this mother found during her dying days is an inspiration to those who know her. Mary Ann’s interaction with her beloved son serves as a reminder to us all to value our time with our loved ones.