By Matt Wotus
Thanks to the kindness of some strangers, a 19-year-old woman who has dreamed of going wedding dress shopping with her mom since she was a little girl got to do so despite her mom being in the hospital.
Lexi Verge’s mother, Wendy, was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in August. Verge took the next year off from the University of Saskatchewan to spend as much time with her mom as she could. However, after 13 months of aggressive chemotherapy, Verge told CTV News that her mom discontinued the treatment in April because she decided couldn’t do it anymore.
“We thought she would start getting stronger again, but she just kept getting worse and weaker and sicker,” Verge said.
Her mom was moved to the hospital to receive care around the clock five-and-a-half weeks ago, and doctors said she had anywhere from weeks to months left to live.
“We just enjoy each day that we’re with her,” Verge said.
Even though she isn’t engaged yet, Verge talked to her father last week about buying a wedding dress that weekend since she knew the time to go shopping with her mom for one might be running out. She went to Devotion Bridal Lounge in Prince Albert, Sask., on Friday and told shop owner Tammy Davies her story. Davies was more than happy to help and let Verge come in the following day to pick out dresses to try on for her mom at the store on Sunday.
Due to her health, her mom could only leave the hospital for a short time, so Verge narrowed the dress selection down to seven. She also contacted a local photographer, Mason Neufeld, to document her time with her mom at the store.
However, Verge’s mom’s health worsened on the night before the special day, and she was too sick to leave the hospital. Verge called Davies and Neufeld to cancel the appointment at the store, but what she didn’t know is that the shop owner and photographer already knew each other. The two came up with a plan that allowed Verge to try on wedding dresses for her mom and make her childhood dreams come true.
That Sunday, Verge tried on the wedding dresses in her mom’s hospital room and had a full-length mirror, veils, and flowers that were donated from a local shop.
“It was really, really emotional. It was difficult,” Verge said. “She was crying, and I was crying.”
With Neufeld there to capture the special moment, Verge and her mom ended up picking the first dress she tried on. She said she would be ordering it soon to keep until she walks down the aisle.
While her mom may not be there on her wedding day, Verge said she was grateful for the opportunity to share the experience of shopping for wedding dresses with her.