Erin Udell Fort Collins Coloradoan Published 12:11 AM EST Feb 16, 2019 Standing guard outside of the UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital chapel Thursday afternoon, Tyrone Payne, with his hands clasped, looked up with a grin. “You here for the wedding?” he asked. The uniformed hospital security guard, fresh off a 12-hour shift, was the only one in the first-floor, florescent-lit hallway. He’d worked from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m., but as the clock ticked by — 3:47… 3:52 — here he was. Stalwartly waiting against the wall, he started talking about meeting 18-year-old Grace Justice at the hospital one week earlier. “She asked if I’d be a witness (at her wedding),” he said. “It’s a hard thing to say no to.” Grace was at the hospital because on Jan. 3, her father, 57-year-old Paul Justice, passed out at their Fort Collins home. In the days that followed, his family would learn that he had a blood clot in his brain, which required emergency surgery at UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies. While at MCR, tests also revealed that Paul had leukemia. As her father — a burly, bearded former cop — laid in an intensive care unit hospital bed recovering from his brain surgery, Grace said his future was unknown…. Read full this story
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