As the S. F. Honeymoon Travel Examiner, I usually—just as you’d expect—write about honeymoon destinations. But once in a while something comes along that, though not strictly about honeymoons, seems important enough to tell you about. Now is one of those times.
I just learned about a new charitable organization called Wish Upon a Wedding, and I’m sure all you romantics out there will want to know about it. You’ll probably figure out what it does when I tell you that it’s somewhat similar to the well-known Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants the most cherished wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.
What Wish Upon a Wedding does is this: it produces weddings and civil union ceremonies around the USA for terminally ill individuals, regardless of sexual orientation. Applicants who qualify must be legal citizens of the United States, over 18, and been diagnosed with less than three years to live. The organization officially launched in January 2010, and beginning February 14 couples living within 300 miles of five chapter cities—San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orlando, New York, and Chicago—were eligible to apply for weddings.
The first couple to be married has now been chosen: Florence and Michael. The happy couple is set to tie the knot on March 13.
Florence, who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, has Stage 4 cancer and has lost both breasts. Here is her amazing love story with Michael as it appears on the Wish Upon a Wedding site:
In 2002, Florence had moved from Oklahoma City to be with her mother in the San Francisco Bay Area. After moving there, she decided to stay.
A few years later, in 2006 Florence was on her way to a birthday party, to hang out with her girlfriends. As usual, she waited for the Route 93 Bus. That evening, Michael the bus driver noticed Florence and began a conversation with her. Route 93 was his regular route, and Florence and Michael began to see more and more of each other.
He asked for her phone number, and eventually called her. After playing hard to get, Florence finally decided to answer the phone. For their first date, Michael asked Florence out to dinner in San Francisco. They ate dinner by the wharf, watching the boats come in and out of the bay, and they began to fall in love.
Michael told Florence he’d found his other half and wanted to be her husband.
When Florence was diagnosed with cancer, she worried Michael might leave. But he was always there for her, supporting her throughout the entire experience, including a double mastectomy.
Michael proposed to Florence by saying “I want to make you my wife” and “make our family official”. He let her know that no matter what happens, he loves her and wants to be with her unconditionally.
If you’d like to learn more about Wish Upon a Wedding, visit the website.
Meanwhile, be sure to send Florence and Michael your loving thoughts. Leave a comment here or at Wish Upon a Wedding.
© Suzanne Rodriguez
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