Mr. Duane Harper's letter to the Donnie Simpson Morning Show

Monday, October 2, 2006

Good morning to the entire 'Donnie Simpson Morning Show' family. I am going to make this short and to the point. My wish is for my lovely wife of (soon to be) five years (Jan. 23. 2007 to be exact). My wish is for her to have the wedding and reception that we weren't able to have in 2002. You see, back in 2001, I was diagnosed with renal facture. We were saving for a ceremony, reception, etc., but the circumstances at that particular time, led us to a change In plans. She sacrificed her dream wedding day for a justice of the peace ceremony.

We were married on January 23, 2002. On January 24, 2002, l underwent a surgical procedure which allowed me to begin dialysis treatments. A year after being on dialysis, l was blessed with a kidney transplant from my aunt. Throughout all of this, this woman remained by my side. She took care of me: she drove me to my dialysis treatments, to ail of my doctor's appointments, she took me to work (when I was able to start backer she leered her cooking to accommodate my dietary needs and all the while maintained the house, her job, child's a homework. and attended school functioned Not once did I hear her utter a word of complaint, Oh, did l mention that she was also able to keep her obligation to her dance ministry at our church. l couldn't forget to mention that, with dancing being a big pad of her life and all.

I don't know what else to say about her. She is my life, my strength, my inspiration, and most of all, my soul mate. My wish is for her to have her dream wedding day. For our fifth anniversary! l told her that I wanted to renew our vows, and give her that dream day, I thought I'd be able to swing it, but It's getting dose to crunch time, and I’m not so sure now. Donnie, could you please help to make this happen for her. She is truly deserving of this.

By the way, her name is Gabrielle. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely, Duane M, Harper, Sr.

On December 8, 2006 Duane’s heartfelt words, sincere love, deep affection and great appreciation for his wife transcended through paper and into the heart of the producers of Donnie’s Morning Wish, an on-air segment that spreads holiday cheer by granting the wishes of its listeners. While on the air with the couple, Donnie Simpson applauded Mr. Harper for his transparency and commented, “It’s not often you hear men talk about their wives like this. This is great. I wish more men did.”

Impressed by his genuine devotion, The Donnie Simpson Morning Show partnered with the area's premiere wedding vendors, to maximize the perfect opportunity and help Duane and Gabrielle connect the dots between their love, life and marriage. On January 23, 2007, the Harpers renewed and exchanged wedding vows in the witness of 100 of their closest friends and family members. This spectacular team of wedding professionals were dedicated to exceeding the expectations of the Harpers, and exceed they did! What was meant to be an event worth only $70,000 became an even grander blessing totaling over $125,000; a blessing that could not have gone to a more deserving couple.

Now, a dream has become a life-long reality, and it all began with a husband’s wish. What started off as an insurmountable challenge has turned around for the good. The five year journey of Gabrielle and Duane will forever be an unforgettable experience etched in time. God has truly blessed the Harpers, and the greatest testimony of their union proves that enduring love still exists.