"In sickness and in health" is a vow most couples don't have to put to the test right away.
However, what happens if happily ever after, may only be weeks or days?
Fox 29's Karen Hepp met some brave couples with one simple wish: to get married.
Love and laughter are the best medicine, especially when you've been dealt a really tough hand, like Tammy and Cameron.
Wish Upon a Wedding helps grant dream weddings for couples, who have everything to live for, but just not much time to do it. A good option for couples like Lance and Tina. He's in renal failure and she has stage 4 lymphoma.
Geoff and Noelle finish each other’s sentences and complete each other’s thoughts and souls. The Philly couple met on a cruise and fell desperately in love, Geoff is a transplant patient, he's had 4 kidneys, and it gets tougher with each one.
“I’m thankful for the time I have with him, if that's not a lot of time or rest of our lives, I’d rather do it with him than anyone else,” Noelle said.
Wish upon a wedding is the only not profit to give weddings to couples with terminal illness or serious life altering circumstances regardless of sexual orientation.
Kelly and Michelle have faced it all. Wonderful families they've blended together in the Lehigh Valley, great adventures and then the setbacks.
First, Michelle's mom got cancer and died, then her daughter, Amber, was nearly killed in a motorcycle crash, which left her right arm paralyzed. Then a driver hit Kelly head on, breaking her neck.
“I was complaining of headaches, they did a CAT scan, an MRI, that's when they found all the cancer cells," Michelle said.
Stage 4 breast cancer, metastasized in her brain, lung, bone and liver, doctors said it wasn't curable.
“It was a shocker, it was God only gives you what you can handle,” she said.
It's toughest on their daughter, Mikaela, who has a form of autism. It was so important to her and their granddaughter, Nova, they get married. So Michelle brought a ring, and they started planning, but were overwhelmed by the enormity of the task with Kelly's frequent chemo treatment.
“It became harder and harder for her to get it done, actually it became stressful,” Kelly said.
Then they learned about Wish Upon a Wedding, which was a blessing.
Now, a wedding planner has booked their dream venue at Penns Landing, the girls are over the moon, and everyone can take their minds off doctors and diagnosis for at least a little while and focus on a dream.
“When you find that piece of you, you didn't know was missing, now you have it, and don't know how you would be without it,” Kelly said.
To take someone you love, in sickness and in health and live happily ever after, for however long that may be,just like tammy and Cameron.
The Philadelphia branch of Wish Upon a Wedding started 3 years ago. So far, they’ve granted 3 weddings and have 3 more in the works. All the vendors donate their services and everyone at the charity is a volunteer.