ProMedica Hospice Serving Northwest Ohio Grants Patient's Wish for Dream Wedding
ProMedica Hospice serving Northwest Ohio recently helped their patient, Beth Higgins, have the wedding of her dreams. She met her future husband, Gary, on a blind date over a year ago. After being together for a couple of months, Beth was diagnosed with Terminal Cancer of the abdomen with metastases to the liver. She was told by her doctors that she only had three weeks to live, so she opted to return home after staying in a rehabilitation center.
In April, she chose ProMedica Hospice Care and when talking with her caregivers she told them her only wish was to be able to celebrate Gary’s birthday on June 20th. Gary and Beth had previous conversations about marriage and when Gary found out Beth’s last wish, he wanted to have their wedding on his birthday. The ProMedica Hospice team got to work right away to make both Beth and Gary’s wish come true.
Beth had always dreamed of getting married on the beach, being barefoot and feeling the sand between her toes. Upon hearing of Beth’s dream, the ProMedica team was able to reserve a spot at Maumee Bay State Park which has a beach close enough for Beth to travel to. Beth made all of the decorations for the wedding along with her bouquet. At Maumee Bay, Gary and the ProMedica team decorated the gazebo.
It was a true team effort to make Beth and Gary’s dream wedding perfect! Tim Strachan, volunteer coordinator, worked with Wixey’s Bakery for their wedding cake and he delivered it to the location. He was also able to arrange a room for the night at the lodge for the new happy couple. Angela Williams, RN case manager, found a photographer to capture the couples’ special day and Terri Wilcox, RN case manager, made sure all the decorations made it to the ceremony. Dana Vore, office manager, and Jennifer Wilson, social worker, picked up the food for the reception from Shorty’s Back 40 that was provided thanks to the ProMedica Foundation.
It was a beautiful sunny day for a wedding. ProMedica Hospice chaplain, Mike, performed the ceremony. Everyone watched as Beth walked down the aisle barefoot and all smiles upon seeing Gary under the beautifully decorated gazebo. Beth and Gary couldn’t be happier with their wedding and look forward to spending their time together as husband and wife.