Remember Rachelle Friedman, the aerobics instructor whose bridesmaids pushed her into a swimming pool, resulting in paralysis and an inability to marry, lest her fiance's income push her over the limit for Medicaid? After a year of physical therapy and a series of charitable donations, she is finally getting married. The AP reports:
Friedman will finally make it down the aisle on Friday, marrying the man who has waited with her to exchange vows since the accident. She is wearing the same gown she chose for the first ceremony but with her father pushing her wheelchair down the aisle instead of walking her down it, arm in arm.
The two will exchange vows in a ceremony at The Fearrington House in Pittsboro, with a reception in the village barn. Her favorite flowers, sunflowers, will take center stage. Wedding planning company 1-800-REGISTRY is paying for their ceremony and the honeymoon in Fiji.
A foundation called Walking with Anthony is aiding Rachelle's physical therapy. She tracks her progress, donors, and speaking engagements on her blog. She plays wheelchair rugby, uses a handcycle to go "biking" with her fiance, and reiterates that she doesn't blame her bridesmaids for anything: "She refuses to even call the act a prank because that would imply some devious intent." [AP, image via AP]