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For most mothers, the traditional mother-son wedding dance is an extremely special and poignant one.
For 48-year-old Amy Winn, the moment she took to the dance floor was all that and so much more. It was a chance to show her family and friends her unbelievable strength in the face of a grave illness.
That's because Amy has MS and uses a wheelchair, and dancing with her son, Stephen, was a nearly impossible task.
"My husband and I spent weeks trying to figure out how we could make the mother-son dance work with Amy," Cassie Winn, Stephen's bride, told TODAY.
The Nashville-based couple got married on May 20th 2016 at the Williamsburg Winery in Virginia. They knew there must be a way to incorporate Amy into their nuptials and make the mother-son dance happen; after all, they'd seen emotional YouTube videos showing mothers in wheelchairs being rolled around on dance floors during weddings. But none of that seemed right to them. None of it would showcase Amy's fortitude.
"The night of the rehearsal dinner, we still hadn't decided on what we were going to do," Cassie explained. "Stephen pulled me aside and said, 'I'm gonna pick her up so she can really dance wth me. Don't not tell anyone; I want it to be a surprise."
In a video that's since gone viral, the emotional moment when Stephen and his brother Garrett help their mother to her feet is shown. And according to Cassie, it's not just us viewers at home tearing up: "There wasn't a dry eye in the house."
The family is "abundantly thankful" for all the attention the video's received.
"We're just so grateful for all the kind comments, and glad the moment has touched so many people," said Cassie.
You can learn more about Amy Winn's battle with MS and help with the family's fundraising efforts here.