Tribune photo by Brian Cassella
August 13, 2009
Gary Arnold and Katie Keiling enjoy Summer Dance with family and friends in Grant Park. Keiling and Arnold married later that week at First United Methodist Church at Chicago Temple.
Katie Keiling was raised on the fairy tale that one day she would find her true love, walk down the aisle in a white dress and live happily ever after. But when she reached the University of Chicago, she began to think her agenda didn't necessarily include marriage.
Then she met Gary. Gary Arnold was raised on reality. Just over 4 feet tall, he didn't always expect to marry. More important, he sought to make others understand that his short stature did not make him or others with disabilities less human. Together, they changed each other's outlooks on life and shared their fairy tale with the disabilities community they serve.