Terminally Ill Bride Gets Dream Wedding
Photo: Video by kmir6.com
BEAUMONT - A beautiful ceremony, friends and family in the pews and, of course, the dress of her dreams-- but this stunning bride has stage four breast cancer. A short time ago, she stopped treatment and Hospice along with a program called Angel Assistance gave Elizabeth Bartlett her dream wedding. "It's like a dream. It's my last wish. I wanted it before the cancer and I still want it now that the cancer has taken over,” says Bartlett.
Michelle Wulfestieg of Southern Califrnia Hospice Foundation says the response from the desert community was much bigger than expected. The dress was donated, the tuxes and that's not all. "It was overwhelming. We got the limo and transportation donated. We got the food donated, the flowers donated, the make-up and hair for the bridal party donated,” says Wulfestieg.
It's a relief for Elizabeth who is hooked up to an IV in her dressing room. She was in a great amount of pain at times but friends and family were by her side. "It's so nice to be pampered like this. I mean it feels so good. It almost takes the pain away from the cancer. In a way,” says Bartlett.
Phillip Cape is the groom. He says one of the hardest part of this whole process is over. "Acceptance is a great thing. It also is a blessing from God. You have to understand it's very hard and very difficult but life goes and we have to keep moving forward,” says Cape.
They have a 13-year-old daughter named Ericka who is also is dealing with losing her mother in a short time. "I try not to think about it a lot. It's emotional and I try not to think about it,” says Ericka.
As Elizabeth walks down the aisle, the crowd is mesmerized. Her future husband near tears as she approaches the altar. They exchange vows along with their rings and promise to love each other forever. "She has a big heart and it's going to be a lovely thing to see her smiling through all the tragedy she's been going through-- all the tragic events. The pain, the cancer, the hurting, the doubts, the fears; you know, we're not afraid anymore,” says Cape.
Before walking down the aisle, Elizabeth told KMIR6 today will be magical and there is no place for fear anymore. "Never lose faith. Always keep smiling. Always keep a smile,” says Bartlett.
Hospice officials say she has no more then six months left to live. The family says they plan on living every day to the fullest.