Thirty-two years ago, a mutual friend decided Tom and Valerie had to meet. She invited Valerie to the Fire Department’s St. Patricks Day dance, stating that her husband wouldn’t be able to make it. When Valerie arrived, her friend’s husband was there and it quickly became clear her friend had planned the night as a double date. From that night forward, Tom and Valerie fell further and further in love. They became husband and wife two years after meeting at that dance. Thirty years after they said their vows life has given them many blessings; four daughters, three son-in-laws, and soon to be ten grand children. Although life has brought them many blessings, it has also brought several curve balls.
In 2006, one of their girls was diagnosed with AML Leukemia. Valerie hardly left her side through her treatments. Tom and Valerie quickly realized the strain illness can have on a family. Neither of them were willing to loose another, no matter the outcome, so in the midst of their daughter’s fight for her life, they vowed to recommit to one another. No matter what, they would fight for their marriage, even if they felt like they had no fight left. A few months later, their daughter pulled through. Life seemed to be getting back on track when another daughter fell ill and was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. She has endured several hospitalizations, medical trials and surgeries. Then, in 2010, they were celebrating the news that their oldest daughter was pregnant. A few weeks later they found out the babies she was carrying were joined at the chest. She carried them anyway, stating that God would take them when he was ready- and he did when she was 21 weeks along. A few short months later, it was Tom’s turn to walk through the doors of the doctor’s office.
A very special thank you to all of our vendors for making this wish come true:
Florist: Bella Fiori
Dress: Champagne and Lace
Formalwear : Willard’s Formal Wear
Planner: Allison Kate Events
Dessert: Sugar Bot Bakery
Venue and Catering: Ces and Judy’s at Le Chateau
Hair and Makeup:Mane Attraction Salon
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