Jennifer Gargano had been engaged a little over a month when she was diagnosed with angiosarcoma, a rare form of breast cancer. But despite her long battle ahead, the 29-year-old Gargano was a picture of beauty and joy on Sunday, April 21st. That’s because that was the day she had her dream wedding.
After her now-husband proposed on Valentine’s Day, the two originally decided to tie the knot in August. But the breast cancer diagnosis changed everything, and the couple decided to move the date way up.
“We didn’t know what my treatment would do,” Gargano explained in an interview with CBS2. “I wanted to present myself to my family and friends in a great way. So I didn’t want them to remember me as someone who was sick.”
But planning a wedding is no small task, especially in such a short amount of time. Brian started out by hiring Elysia Skye to preside over the wedding. They explained the situation to Skye, not knowing that she was a breast cancer survivor.
Touched, Skye began using social media to solicit help for the couple—and it came pouring in. Laura Guerrie volunteered to plan the wedding after seeing a picture of Gargano cheerfully receiving treatment at the hospital. Yamashiro Restaurant donated space for the ceremony. Other donations included a photographer, a wedding cake, a wig, and a reception venue. It all took just 10 days.
Gargano’s story is inspiring to say the least; the compassion of complete strangers is all it took to make her dream come true. It reminds us that anything can happen in life—good or bad—and that it’s important to live each day to the fullest, never giving up even when times are bleak.