Joann and Will first met in high school when Will was a senior and Joann was a junior. Shortly after meeting, the two started dating immediately and became very serious. On Joann’s 18thbirthday, the couple ran off to Lake Tahoe and got married without telling any of their family or friends. That was 40 years ago this past April.
Over the years, Joann has battled a variety of health issues that began when a 2012 colonoscopy revealed a small cancerous tumor. Despite having surgery to remove the tumor, it continued to grow and spread and has now metastasized to JoAnn’s lungs. She is currently undergoing more chemotherapy and is battling a tremendous amount of side effects, pain and fatigue. Wish Upon a Wedding loved meeting this beautiful couple and is honored to grant their wish for a vow renewal.
Maria and Jason first met through a friend in 2004. They hit it off instantly and began seriously dating. Maria is Columbian and her visa unfortunately expired just three months into the couple’s relationship, forcing her to return to Columbia. The couple embarked on a long-distance relationship that lasted more than two years. Finally, Maria was granted a visa and moved back stateside to be near Jason. The two were married and began a life and a family together.
In the beginning of 2015, Maria went in for her first mammogram. She had noticed a change in one of her breasts and was anxious to have it checked out. The scan revealed a mass and a biopsy confirmed the news that she had been dreading. She was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent a mastectomy in March of 2015, followed by chemotherapy and radiation. The past spring, the cancer sadly metastasized to her lungs and liver. We’ve loved getting to know Maria and Jason and cannot wait to grant their wish for a vow renewal.
Gilbert and Kiletta first met online in 2015. She had been communicating with several different people but kept getting e-mails from the same guy – Gilbert. Initially she was ignoring them because she didn’t think he was the right fit for her. Eventually though, Gilbert’s humor won her over and they talked on the phone for three hours. After that, they met for coffee and have been together ever since.
After dating for about three years, Gilbert and Kiletta began planning their future together and decided to get married. The wedding plans were immediately put on hold when Gilbert developed a terrible stomach ache. He went to the doctor, had a colonoscopy and a body scan and was sadly diagnosed with stage four colon cancer that had spread to his liver. Gilbert immediately underwent an aggressive chemotherapy treatment plan and is doing his best to remain hopeful with the results.
Wish Upon a Wedding has loved getting to know this adorable couple and cannot wait to grant their wish for a wedding.
Erik and Denise first met at a concert through Erik’s best friend. While at the concert, they flirted and bonded over their mutual love of music. Soon, the couple started dating and quickly fell in love. Three years into their dating relationship, they found out that they were expecting a child. They were married in a small, intimate ceremony and nine months later, welcomed their daughter into the world. Throughout their 25-year marriage, Denise and Erik have weathered a lot of storms, including layoffs, sick parents, moves and new beginnings. Throughout them all, however, their love for one another has only grown.
A couple of years ago, Denise had an accidental fall in her kitchen, which resulted in a collapsed lung and five days in the hospital. After recovering from her fall, she continued to feel lousy and often experienced pain and fatigue. Finally, she decided to have her lungs scanned again to assess whether or not she was healed. Much to her dismay, the scan revealed a large amount of spots on her good lung. Further testing revealed the worst. She was diagnosed with lung cancer. She underwent a rigorous chemotherapy and radiation treatment plan and is now doing immunotherapy. Denise and Erik are trying to maintain a positive attitude and are taking life one day at a time.
Wish Upon a Wedding has loved getting to know this music loving, super sweet couple and cannot wait to grant their wish for a vow renewal.
Kathy and Tony met on the first day of college when they were just 19 years old. They joined a band together and immediately hit it off. They were engaged by Christmas of that first year and were married the following August – that was 40 years ago! They spent their lives raising two children and building a life together in church ministry. In 2014, Kathy went in for a routine mammogram. Her mother had died of breast cancer so she was always very diligent about getting checked. Her test revealed a cancerous high-grade tumor and she underwent a double mastectomy and chemotherapy. Despite some very troubling eye issues, Kathy was told she was in remission. Much to their dismay, she found out that her cancer had returned with a vengeance in July 2018.
Wish Upon a Wedding fell in love with this sweet couple and simply cannot wait to grant their wish for a vow renewal.
Courtney and Theresa (Tess) first met online just over five years ago. They wrote to each other for three months before deciding to meet in person. At the time, Courtney lived in Wisconsin, so Tess drove there from OH to meet. The meeting went so well that she decided to stay, for good. After living in Wisconsin for a while, the couple moved back to OH to care for Tess’s ailing mother. It was around that time that Tess began to experience some troubling health problems of her own.
After being hospitalized for a very painful kidney stone just last spring, a CT scan of her kidney revealed nodules on her lungs. Under the advisement of her doctor, Tess underwent some extensive testing, including a mammogram. Sadly, she was diagnosed with stage four triple positive breast cancer that had spread to her bones. She has endured an extensive amount of treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation and continues to fight for her life, with Courtney always by her side. Wish Upon a Wedding has loved getting to know these sweet ladies and cannot wait to grant their life-long wish for a wedding.
Danielle and Brandon first met when they were just 14 years old and became friends but did not starting dating until they were 20. Once they got together though, they quickly fell in love, became engaged and were married in a quiet court house ceremony on March 17, 2008.
Throughout the years, the couple’s vow to love each other in sickness and in health has been repeatedly put to the test. Starting at around age 26, Danielle began experiencing some troubling health issues and began to have chronic pain issues in her back and hips. In 2015 she discovered an apricot sized lump in her breast but was told that it was benign. Two years later, an MRI revealed a growth in her hip which sadly turned out to be stage 4 breast cancer. Unfortunately, by the time her cancer was discovered, it had advanced considerably. She underwent aggressive chemotherapy for five months but has continued to steadily decline in health. Despite the pain, sickness, and exhaustion she battles on a daily basis, Danielle and Brandon are trying their best to remain hopeful and to savor each moment they have left together. Wish Upon a Wedding loves this sweet couple and cannot wait to grant their very special vow renewal wish.
Shelley and William first met in 1994 through one of Shelley’s co-workers. They started dating immediately and soon after had their first child. 10 months later they had another baby. The next ten years were spent trying to get to know one another and figure out life with two small children. A few years ago, William began to experience some unexplained health problems. Despite numerous doctor visits, they were never able to get any good answers. On April 11th of last year, William had a stroke and collapsed at the grocery store. He spent the next 77 days in the hospital with a slew of harrowing complications including. On more than one occasion, he was clinging to life. William was ultimately diagnosed with interstitial lung disease with pulmonary fibrosis. His conditioned as progressed considerably and his only hope is a double lung transplant, which as of now, he has not been able to qualify for.
Shelley and William have endured so much over the years and are so excited to renew their vows in front of their family and friends.
Brook and Mike first met online last summer. They began chatting and decided to meet in person. Within the first few days of hanging out, Brook knew that she had to tell Mike some very hard news. Earlier that year she had been diagnosed with breast cancer that had spread to her lymph nodes. Much to her surprise, Mike wasn’t scared and told her that he was sticking around. After a couple of failed treatment plans, Brook made the very hard decision to switch to palliative care. Although she struggles with an enormous amount of pain and fatigue on a daily basis, she’s trying to remain positive and be the best mom that she can be to the couple’s combined 9 children.
Wish Upon a Wedding fell head over heels for this fun-loving couple and cannot wait to grant their wish for a wedding.
Rachel and Alvie first met in 2013. After dating for many years and experiencing a series of dramatic ups and downs, including a brain aneurism and a new baby, they wed in a small, intimate ceremony. Four years into their married life, Rachel began to notice some troubling changes in her body. In addition to a chronic cough, she was suffering from intense rib pain and was struggling to carry their second baby around. Sadly, she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer that had spread to her bones. Wish Upon a Wedding was moved by their sweet story and is excited to grant their wish for a vow renewal.
25 years ago, just two months into their marriage, Kerry suddenly collapsed on the treadmill. She was life flighted to a nearby hospital and was diagnosed with a life threatening heart condition that changed the course of their lives forever. In addition to raising four beautiful children, the couple has spent the majority of their marriage battling Kerry’s condition.
Two years ago Kerry underwent a heart transplant surgery, during which she suffered a debilitating stroke. She has been fighting to regain a normal life ever since. Wish Upon a Wedding loved hearing this sweet couple’s story and cannot wait to grant their wish for a much deserved vow renewal.
Deborah and Greg were first married in a blizzard 25 years ago. They’ve seen a lot of ups and downs throughout their marriage, including cancer. Throughout it all, the two remain closer than ever. We have loved getting to know this beautiful couple and cannot wait to grant them the vow renewal of their dreams.
Esther and Ernesto were living the life they loved and were making plans for a family when cancer reared it’s ugly head. We’ve loved getting to know this sweet young couple and cannot wait to grant them the wedding of their dreams in just a couple of days.
Angela and Brad first met as little kids growing up in the same neighborhood. Their mothers were friends and they spent their childhood playing together and becoming good friends. Following high school, they went their separate ways. It wasn’t until years later, when they had both gone through divorces, that they reconnected and saw each other in a new light.
Unfortunately, cancer had other plans for Angela and Brad’s relationship. Wish Upon a Wedding was so touched by Angela and Brad’s beautiful love story and the incredible strength and joy that she has exhibited throughout this journey. We are thrilled to grant their wish for a wedding on December 11 and are so thankful for the amazing team of wish granters who have signed up to help.
Dalen and Stacie first met online several years ago. They began talking and embarked upon a long distance relationship that has turned into the great love of their lives.
This past year, Dalen was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer than has metastasized to his brain. He is currently undergoing aggressive chemotherapy treatments with Stacie standing faithfully by his side.
Wish Upon a Wedding was touched by Dalen and Stacie’s beautiful love story and is excited to grant this wish for them. We’ve enlisted the help of an incredible team of wish granters and can’t wait to make this dream come through for them.
Stephanie and Daryl first met at a friend’s party a couple of years ago. Just sixth months after they started officially dating, Stephanie was diagnosed with breast cancer. From day one, Daryl stood by her side and the two tackled her diagnosis together. Wish Upon a Wedding is honored to be a part of their love story and can’t wait to grant their wish for a dream wedding.
David and Angie first met through David’s sister right after high school. They began dating, quickly fell in love and were married not too long after. David and Angie just celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary. They are excited to renew their vows in front of their family and friends and look forward to giving David the gift of dancing with his daughter at their wedding.