Contact: Stacey Gitten, PR Chair
Terminally Ill Man to Marry His Bride in a Wedding Wish
Southern California, February 10, 2011 — On Monday February 27th, a Temple City man who is battling end-stage liver disease and Hepatitis C from a childhood blood transfusion, will marry his bride in an intimate ceremony at The Maxwell House in Pasadena. After struggling through several years of testing and treatment of this aggressive disease, Manuel Sosa’s last option is a liver transplant. Although he is finally on the list, there are many complications to maneuver around, and his wish is to marry Adriana Tafoya before it’s too late.
The entire wedding will be completely donated by Orange County and Los Angeles wedding vendors through Wish Upon a Wedding, the world’s first nonprofit organization, dedicated to providing weddings and vow renewals for individuals facing a life-threatening illness and other serious life-altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation.
About the couple: Manny and Adriana met through a mutual friend in 2006. The first time she saw Manny, Adriana felt an instant connection and told her mother that she’d met her future husband. While life has been extremely difficult for them, neither of them able to work given they spend days at a time and sometimes weeks in the hospital, they have vowed to always be there for each other and to cherish every moment they have together. They envision a future without pain and stress, a successful transplant for Manny, and a healthy life together.
About the organization: Wish Upon a Wedding was created to celebrate the courage, determination and spirit of these couples by granting their dream wedding wishes. With chapters across the country, our hope is that chosen recipients can inspire others couples facing similar situations to find hope and strength. This is the 3rd Wedding Wish granted by The Southern California chapter, which launched in April 2010.
Couple’s engagement video: http://vimeo.com/36534633
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