Nurses Come Together To Plan Wedding For Bride With Stage 4 Cancer

Illinois couple Destini Schafer and Brandon Thomas planned to elope in Jamaica this month, but instead, Schafer is in the hospital battling stage four stomach cancer.

So Schafer’s nurse, Ashley Shipley-Lovekamp, arranged a wedding ceremony ceremony for the pair in the courtyard of Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois on May 6.

Schafer, 24, and Thomas, 31, said their vows only two weeks after Schafer, a mother of three, was diagnosed. Before the wedding, she had been deemed too weak for chemotherapy and was told to consider hospice care.

“Everyone should get the wedding they deserve,” Shipley-Lovekamp told The State Journal-Register.

Miraculously, Schafer’s health has improved since the wedding, and she’s since undergone two rounds of chemo.

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  1. thesmilingpilgrim says:


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    1. A truly amazing story about living from the heart.


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