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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A Valley woman wants more than anything to have her father someday walk her down the aisle, but an aggressive form of cancer is robbing her of that dream.

"It's the absolute worst thing. My dad is my best friend. He's my absolute best friend. I don't really know how to function without him, to be honest," Amanda Kahler said.

Her father, Joseph Kahler, was diagnosed with appendix cancer two years ago and no one can say how much time he has left.

Joseph Kahler has bravely endured many experimental treatments to maximize his time with his family.

"We had to come to terms with the fact that our dad probably wouldn't be around to walk us down the aisle, so we wanted to have that dance with him so that later in our future, we could have that at our weddings," Amanda Kahler said.

They decided to host a fundraiser for cancer research that would celebrate their dad's life and include a father-daughter dance.

Amanda Kahler's friends are paying it forward to her and, with the help of CBS 5 Pay It Forward program, presented her with $500 for the event.

The $500 won't go very far in securing a venue, a D.J. and a caterer, but her friends hope others might be touched by her story and want to help also.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

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