Surprise dream wedding changes everything for woman diagnosed with stage 4 cancer

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ILLINOIS — Just two weeks ago, bride-to-be Destini Schafer and her fiance, Brandon Thomas, were planning their dream wedding. They were hoping to marry in Jamaica.

Then, Schafer received devastating news: she had stage four stomach cancer, the State Journal-Register reports. Doctors told Schafer she was too weak to go through chemotherapy and should consider hospice care. Their wedding dreams were dashed.

Until nurses at her hospital, Memorial Medical Center, got involved.

In just five days, the nursing staff planned a wedding ceremony for the couple. They planned everything from altering Schafer’s dress and getting tuxedos to finding rings and inviting a crowd of 50 guests.

“Everyone should get the wedding they deserve,” nurse Ashley Shipley-Lovekamphetold the State Journal-Register. 

The couple was married in the courtyard on Friday.

“Today is the best day I’ve had since my diagnosis,” Schafer said the day of her wedding. “I can’t begin to describe how thankful I am.”

“You never would have expected them to go out of their way like that,” Thomas told the paper. “The nurses are just awesome and are really here for her.”

What’s more, Thomas said his new wife’s health and spirits have improved so much since the wedding that she’s now strong enough for chemotherapy.

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