Erwin and Ed – A Love Story

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.



A. Cobb

Best wishes to Ed & Erwin! What a wonderful couple you are. Congratulations!

Teri Giordani

I hope that Ed and Erwin and their children have a wonderful event with lots of memories.

Rosemary Morris

Erwin opened my closed eyes to what love is truly about. Erwin and Ed are a couple I aspire to be like. They opened their arms to two wonderful children. I am truly blessed to have had the opportunity to work with Erwin and get a small glimpse into his wonderful life. Erwin and Ed are truly deserving of all the blessings in life.

Michele Bemis

Congratulations Ed and Erwin!!! I’m so happy you won and can’t wait to hear all about it! My thoughts and prayers are with you!!

Oscar Sarji B. Tagaza Junior

Best Wishes to Sir Erwin and Ed…
Your story is so inspiring,,,
This is what we call unconditional “LOVE”,
Get well soon to you Sir Erwin…
Love And Prayers,

Richie Sigueza

The first time Erwin and I met (Dong introduced us – @ McDonald’s Las Piñas, Philippines) it was at night and almost everybody was exhausted.. Everyone except Erwin, full of life and always on the run. From then on we became very good friends, like siblings. And very good friends we will remain, forever. I’m very happy for you my very dear friend. Live life! Mon congrats to both you and Ed!

And Ed, thank you for taking good care of my friend and your family.


Lian Yuen, Gala Girls, LLC

Ed & Erwin, I, along with the rest of the Gala Girls, wish you all the best in the future. We regret that we weren’t available to help on the day of your wonderful, and long deserving, commitment to one another. But we hope your big day is everything you ever dreamed of and more. Cheers to the true love you have that only some can dream about!

Mona Garcia

Congratulations and Best Wishes Ed & Edwin!!!! What an amazing and inspiring story….HAPPINESS 4 EVER

Roxanne Sonder

Erwin, Ed & family …We are honored, at Cloth Connection, to help make your 10th Anniversary and marriage a little more special. However, what could be more special than the life you have created with your two children, family and friends. All the best ~ Roxanne Sonder and the Cloth Connection ‘gang’.

Sheila Marie Santos

Erwin and Ed….
I wish you both all the BEST in LIFE…
Erwin nothing is impossible if you just believe in him, Bro loves you and he will take care of you!


Erwin and Ed
I wish you both the very best on your special day. I hope you and your guests enjoy their yummy favors. It was an honor to provide the favors for your wedding as well as the little something extra for your adorable boys. Have a great time and try not to stress anything the day goes by too quickly enjoy every moment of it.
With Love,
of Michelle’s This and That

Ed Urbaniak

Thank you to all of the wish grantors. It was an awesome day that we will never forget. Everything, everything exceeded our expectations. We are touched by your love and generosity.


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