Nurses throw hospital wedding for bride with stage 4 cancer

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Friday, May 13, 2016
Destini Schafer and Brandon Thomas got married in the hospital after Schafer's stage 4 cancer diagnosis.
Brandon Thomas

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- An Illinois woman was able to marry her fiance after discovering that she had advanced cancer while planning her wedding.

Destini Schafer started experiencing stomach pains last month, which led to a diagnosis that shocked her and her fiance Brandon Thomas.

The couple had planned to elope in Jamaica this fall, but Schafer was hospitalized with stage 4 cancer, according to ABC News.

Last Friday, the couple was married at the Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Ill., thanks to Schafer's nurse Ashley Shipley-Lovekamp.

"She's an amazing person, like a guardian angel," Thomas said. "She got tuxes donated for me and my dad, and a maid of honor dress. And wedding rings."

Schafer and Thomas were joined in the hospital's garden by their 8-month-old son Noah and three children from previous relationships.

"I wanted Destini to be able to have a wedding because we didn't know how much longer she was going to have," Shipley-Lovecamp said. "I wanted her to be able to be happy and focus on something other than her diagnosis."

Thomas set up a GoFundMe account for his new wife's medical treatment, and while they don't know what the future holds, they're "just praying for the best."