A dying cancer patient got her wish Tuesday when she married her longtime boyfriend at the hospital where she is expected to die, WAVE 3 reports.
Hospital staff at University Hospital in Louisville, Ky., consider Evonne Lee an inspiration for the way she is living the final days of her life; doctors have given her weeks to live. Lee and her new husband, Don Tyler, knew they would wed when they first first met some eight years ago. But when Lee was diagnosed with cancer last year, jumping the broom became a priority.
Tyler popped the question on Christmas Day. It was around that time that Lee’s health began to deteriorate. Here is some background on how Evonne has decided to make the best of the time she has left:
“During February, I found out I had leukemia,” Lee said.
She’s been in the hospital since then, and doctors give her weeks to live.
“I know I don’t have long, but the time I have, I’m just going to enjoy it,” Lee said.
Tuesday was all about that. Lee is be unable to walk, so hospital staff wheeled her down from her sixth floor hospital room to the chapel.
The hospital chaplain performed the ceremony. Her body is in too much pain to wear the rings, so she wears her new ring around her neck.
The standing-room only wedding included family and friends and Lee’s new hospital family.