Town celebrates wedding, graduation with beloved doctor days before his death

Dr. Dan Harrahill was well known and liked in his Nebraska town, where he delivered hundreds of babies and treated countless patients over his 18-year career. So, when word spread that the father of four’s colon cancer had taken a turn for the worse, and that he might not live to see his daughter’s June wedding or son’s high school graduation, the community of St. Paul stepped up.

On March 24, a day after 52-year-old Harrahill learned his cancer was inoperable, it took friends and family three hours to arrange a graduation ceremony for his son Noah followed by a wedding for his daughter Emilia to her now-husband Kyle Harshman at CIH Health St. Francis Hospital. Family members made the last-minute arrangements for travel, flowers, music and a caterer.

“Social media can do wonderful things, and they used it to get everyone there,” Rev. Ray Kosmicki, one of the two priests who officiated Emilia and Kyle’s wedding.