When we were contacted by Ed, he told us he wanted to do something special for his fiance Erwin, who had been battling lung cancer since 2008. At the time, Erwin went through a lot of medical treatments, and spent many days at the hospital and in and out of doctor’s offices.
Although he was very tired and did not have much energy, Erwin still went to work when he can.
Here is their Love Story:
Ed and Erwin met in New York City in the Spring of 2000. Ed was working in NYC for the summer, when he and Erwin met. They dated all summer long. Soon they knew that they were meant to be together…forever. When Ed had a job opportunity in Virginia, he asked Erwin to move with him. On the first anniversary of their meeting, Ed surprised Erwin with a Limo ride to party where Erwin’s friends were all hiding and asked Erwin to marry him. Life being what it is, they never wound up having a ceremony.
In March of 2004, Ed and Erwin adopted a special needs child from Guatemala. In July of 2007, they adopted another boy from Guatemala. Leon is now age 7 and Ilo is age 4.
In 2008, Erwin noticed an unusual pain in his back. He saw a few doctors and they detected a mass in his right lung, but they were unable to diagnose specifically what the problem was. In March of 2009, Erwin was diagnosed with stage IIIB lung cancer and given 6-12 months to live. The cancer had metastasized to his brain and bones. He had 6 round of chemotherapy, 14 rounds of whole brain radiation and was on an oral medication called Tarceva at the time their Wish was granted. His cancer had been responding well to the new treatment, but the future is uncertain as lung cancer at this stage is always terminal.
Ed and Erwin had been taking one day at a time, enjoying their children and trying to travel when Erwin’s health permits.
Wish Upon a Wedding were honored to offer this very special family their wish: To celebrate Ed and Erwin’s TENTH anniversary as a couple by allowing them the chance to at long last seal their relationship with marriage.
The couple married in August 2010 in Washington D.C.