She was given months to live, then given a dream wedding
ProMedica Hospice organized a beach wedding at Maumee Bay State Park
OREGON, Ohio (WTVG) - Doctors gave her a few months to live. So, the staff at ProMedica Hospice gave her something more -- a dream wedding.
In February 2020, doctors told Beth Arps, 47, she had a mass in her pelvic area. More than seven years after Beth thought she had beaten skin cancer, which was detected and removed in 2012, the melanoma had spread. The cancer was now Stage 4.
By May of 2020, Beth was put under the care of ProMedica Hospice, where they did something they had never done. They threw a wedding for Beth and Gary.
“The whole team jumped on, " said Tim Strachan, Volunteer Coordinator with ProMedica Hospice. “There were nurses and aides and social workers, and we all came together to put this thing on for her.”
The team put up decorations and flowers, and the ProMedica Hospice foundation paid for the catering. Wixey’s Bakery donated a cake, a photographer donated time and talent, and Maumee Bay State Park Lodge gave the newlywed couple a presidential suite.
Since that big day, June 20, Beth says she’s been feeling stronger and her tumor is shrinking thanks to immunotherapy. June 20 was also Gary’s 48th birthday.
“She asked me if she wanted our anniversary associated with my birthday because she told me, ‘Inevitably, I’m not going to be around, and I don’t want you to think about your birthday.’ And I’m like, ‘You know what, the best present you can give me is getting married on my birthday,’” said Gary, who is a retired Marine Sergeant.
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