Amanda has never had it easy. By the time she was 20 years old, she had undergone 15 surgeries including the removal of an ovary, surgeries on her hip as well as a rare form of tissue cancer known as Plexiform Fibrohystiocytoma. Because of her medical needs, she eventually had to dropout of college and applied for a job at local home improvement store. At the store she met Chris, a fellow team member and at first, he was just another coworker. However, after some time Amanda realized he was more than that. After undergoing yet another surgery, Chris helped Amanda out at work with whatever she needed, and eventually the two began talking outside of work and the love between them grew. Chris popped the question and Amanda said yes!
However, the couple faces many obstacles. Amanda still undergoes ongoing medical tests and appointments for countless medical mysteries that have not been solved. Most recently she is dealing with surgeries on her hip as well as procedures to attempt to diagnose gastrointestinal issues. They have had to move three hours away from their hometown to be closer to Amanda’s doctors and just within the past year Amanda’s uncle, grandma and grandpa have all been diagnosed with cancer. Her father also continues to battle diabetes and undergo surgeries as a result of a severe gastrointestinal issues he has faced for years with no answers, as well as dealing with some issues developed due to the cancer he had when Amanda was 13. Amanda and her father both went into surgery the same day many years ago and both were diagnosed with cancer.
Through it all Amanda says “Chris and I have a relationship I can barely describe in words. Our relationship has involved a majority of the time spent at a doctors offices and emergency rooms but through that we can always make each other smile and laugh.I know what we have is rare, and that makes what we have that much more special.” Amanda and Chris found out about Wish Upon a Wedding via the nonprofit Comedy Cures and our Chicago Chapter is proud to be granting Amanda & Chris’s wedding Wish next month in Minnesota.
A big thank you to all of our amazing vendors for making Amanda and Chris’s wedding wish come true: