I first met Dom the summer before he entered the tenth grade, when he was on my Teen Board at Northpark Mall. He lived in Brookhaven and didn't have a driver's license yet, so his parents, Peter and Carolyn, drove him to Ridgeland for our events. Thus began one of our great friendships.
Dom went on to attend Millsaps where he was the goalie for the soccer team. It's also where he met Tiffany. The couple's love grew stronger during Dom's tour of duty in Iraq with the Marine Reserves. Pete and Carolyn moved from Brookhaven to Key West, then back to their native Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where they now live.
Family and friends from PA to FL all converged in Jackson over the weekend for the beautiful wedding. I was fortunate to be invited to the rehearsal dinner on Thursday night, and Jacqui and I hosted the bridesmaid's brunch on Friday morning. A look at the photos will give you a clue as to the joy felt by everyone.
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The walk involved two laps--one mile--around Mirror Lake, across the street from the center. Nicole walked the trail the entire way without the aid of a cane! She had Jell-o legs by the end, but did alot of other able-bodied people! It was very emotional for me to know that just 21 months ago, she was laying in a hospital bed in NY in critical condition, with a prognosis of quadriplegia. Her recovery has been remarkable, and as usual, so many people in attendance on Saturday were inspired by her. She visited with patients, and even found some time to DANCE, of course, to the sounds of the MS Swing Band.