SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – An Illinois couple recently put their wedding dreams on hold when the bride-to-be got a devastating diagnosis: stage 4 stomach cancer.
But hospital staff were determined to give them the day they dreamed up, and it ended up being just the medicine the bride needed, the State Journal-Register reports.
Destini Schafer, 24, and Brandon Thomas, 31, were planning on getting married in Jamaica, but last month doctors delivered the heartbreaking news.
When staff found out the two put their wedding dreams on hold, they planned an extravagant ceremony in the courtyard of Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois.
Fifty of the couples’ friends and family member attended the wedding earlier this month, Schafer picked out her own dress, but the bridesmaid dresses and tuxedos were all donated.
The happy occasion also did wonders for Schafer’s health.
“Her health has turned around ten-fold since last Friday,” her husband told the State Journal-Register.
Before, doctors determined Schafer was too weak for chemotherapy treatments and should look into hospice care.
Since helping to plan the wedding and getting hitched, doctors said she was strong enough to undergo chemotherapy. She has already undergone several treatments.
She can’t thank the staff enough for making the big day happen.
“Today is the best day I’ve had since my diagnosis,” said Schafer. “I can’t begin to describe how thankful I am.”