Steff Goodall feared her dad wouldn't be able to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day, but thanks to the brilliance of a surgeon at The Christie Hospital in Manchester it happened.
Brian Goodall, from Chester , was diagnosed with kidney cancer seven years ago and beat it.
But it came back in 2013 and he went into hospital for surgery.
The operation was stopped, however, after surgeons opened him up and decided it was too risky.
After his family sought a second opinion, Professor Noel Clarke of The Christie, told president of Chester Lions Club Brian: “You don’t want that cancer inside you - I’ll have a go at getting it out for you.”
After the operation, in July 2013, Brian, 67, has remained cancer free ever since and this month was able to give Steff away at an stunning ceremony at Peckforton Castle .
Steff, 36, said: “It was really hard when Dad’s cancer came back in 2013. He went in for an operation but when he woke and we heard they’d not been able to take it out, it was devastating. He was so fit and had so much life in him that it felt so unfair. As most girls do I’d pictured myself getting married one day and in that picture my dad was always walking me down the aisle. Realising that it may never come true made me cry at the very thought.
“At the time I was single, so it really hurt to think I’d let him down and not let him see me settled down.
“I was bridesmaid to one of my friends during that time and as soon as I saw her walk into church with her dad I burst into tears.
“The team at Christie were unbelievable. They did an operation we’d been told was too risky and succeeded.
“I cherished every step down that aisle with dad. There was a lot of tears but lots of fun and laughter.”
Steff tied the knott with fiance, Olli, and both represented Team GB in the Duathlon World Championships in Spain.
Professor Clarke said: “Mr Goodall had a recurrence of his renal cancer in the right adrenal gland.
“This structure normally sits above the right kidney and lies close to the main abdominal vein, the vena cava.
“Another team of surgeons had attempted to remove this but they had found that the adrenal gland, which was destroyed by secondary cancer, was too adherent to the vena cava for them to consider removing safely.
“Damage to the vena cava can lead to potentially life-threatening blood loss.
“The Christie team is one of the specialist teams in the UK who deal with complex surgery of this type. Fortunately it proved possible to isolate the tumour and remove it from the wall of the vena cava, repairing the blood vessel wall.
“Happily the tumour was eradicated completely and Mr Goodall has remained well since.”