Wish Upon a Wedding is pleased to announce this upcoming celebration with a special vow renewal ceremony for Wally and Debra.
Wally and Debra, both 39 years old, met through a co- worker of Debra’s, who was hosting a party to raise money for his hockey team. According to Debra, “We talked all night and Wally walked me to a cab at the end of the night.”
Debra says that Wally is a beautiful person but, “it’s his heart and his kindness to others that makes him truly a beautiful person. He’s always helping others and volunteering his time.”
Wally spent some time in Japan for a semester of college and the couple had always talked about traveling. One night over sushi Wally and Debra decided to take a trip to Osaka, Japan. During the first night of the trip in front of the Osaka castle, Wally proposed to Debra.
A destination wedding soon followed, and although it was beautiful, many of the couple’s closest family and friends were unable to attend. They would like Wish Upon a Wedding to help them celebrate a special vow renewal ceremony closer to home, so all their loved ones can share the day with them.
Out of the blue, Wally was diagnosed with Parotid Gland Cancer in December of 2008. Their daughter Riley was just six months old at the time. Wally had been very active, playing volleyball and hockey, as well as riding bikes. Now he can barely walk without pain.
After his diagnosis, he soon had a paradectomy followed by radiation and chemotherapy. The doctors and the couple believed he was cancer free. But in May of 2010, he began experiencing pain in his pelvis, ribs and lungs. A PET Scan revealed the cancer had spread to his bones, which the CT Scans had not detected. The bone cancer is now all over his body, and doctors estimate he has 12 months to live, and his health is rapidly deteriorating.
It is Wally’s wish to renew his vows with the love of his life, Debra, in front of his daughter Riley, and before Debra gives birth to their next child. Debra is currently pregnant.
When Wally was first diagnosed, the couple thought it was a curable cancer however, they both knew Wally would have to have surgery followed by intense radiation and chemotherapy.
For his intense treatments, Wally would show up at the hospital on Sunday night, and spend the entire week in the hospital. He did this every other week for five months. It was tough for him to be away from his baby daughter, and he still feels he missed out on some valuable time with her.
During the time they believed he was cancer-free, Wally and Debra struggled to get pregnant again. When they finally did, they learned that Wally’s cancer had metastasized in his bones. His biggest dream now is to see his baby be born and hold his baby in his hands.
Wally and Debra know that Wally will never have the opportunity to see his children grow up, but the couple dreams and hopes that he can be there for them in the beginning.
Debra says, “We are a team, a united front, to our family and friends. No matter how hard it gets, we always try to put a positive spin on everything. We’re celebrating today and thankful for each day.”
Although they do not know what the future looks like, they are looking forward to this very special celebration with those closest to them, and plan to celebrate life, love and family.
The Chicago chapter is under way with plans for Wally and Debra’s special day, and we’ll keep you posted as plans progress.
Congratulations Wally and Debra~ We are honored to provide this special day for you and your loved ones.