Groom drops to his knees to dance with mom who has ALS (video)

Jun 17, 2018
12:53 A.M.
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The video shows Luke Rheault’s special compassionate wedding dance for his mother, Rebekah, which left everyone in tears.


Luke married Kristeena Rheault in a beautiful ceremony in November 2008 but the world had to wait until March 16, 2015, when the video was uploaded to YouTube.

It was perhaps the most touching moment for many who attended Luke and Kristeena’s wedding about a decade ago.

Luke planned to do a special dance with his mother who had been diagnosed with ALS a year before he tied the knot.

The 4-minute-long video begins with the mother and son in the middle surrounded by family and friends as Hero by Mariah Carey is playing in the background.

Rebekah is in her wheelchair and Luke is standing with her holding his hands. Then he did something unexpected and sweet – he got down on his knees and danced that way for the entire duration of the song.


Speaking to Huffington Post, he said that he felt “uncomfortable” standing above her for the first few moments. He got down on his knees and danced with her because that was just the “normal” thing to do.

He did not realize the impact his simple gesture had on everyone around him until they told me much later.


“I wanted her to feel so special in that very moment, so I tried to make the best of it and spin her around and continue smiling with her.”

Luke Rheault, Huffington Post, May 21, 2015.

He said he did what he felt right at that time without thinking that those might be her last few moments with his mother. He was glad he did it as it had remained a beautiful memory.

Less than a year after she shared the dance with her son, Rebekah passed away, in September 2009.

Kristeena said that everyone was touched by the dance. Tears started rolling down the cheeks as soon as the groom dropped down on his knees for the dance.


Luke himself saw the video in 2015 and said that it brought on a wave of emotion and a number of wonderful memories.

He said he always appreciated everything she did for him growing up. Years after he lost her, Luke continues to believe that it is “a void that can never be filled.” 

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