A Very Special Wedding At A Tulsa Hospice

Tuesday, October 17th 2006, 10:06 am
By: News On 6

Jerry and Judy Willis are on their honeymoon. They got married Tuesday afternoon, but it's a day they never expected to celebrate.

Jerry had a stroke, and was diagnosed with end stage prostate and bone cancer. He was told he'd never live to see this day come.

News on 6 anchor Scott Thompson says when Jerry was diagnosed, he promised his long time girlfriend, he'd finally marry her if he beat this disease.

At his last check up, Jerry's doctors told him they expected him to beat this illness. So, in keeping with his promise Jerry started making plans to marry his girlfriend of 20 years.

When the folks out at Freedom Hospice heard of their plans, they organized donations from local merchants to make sure this wedding was picture perfect. Everything from the dress to the chapel was provided by generous donors.

Hospice volunteers say this was a labor of love to bring a lasting memory to a man who's only dying wish was to marry his caregiver and the love of his life. Wedding organizer Karen Flannigan: "it just restores my faith. I mean I know there's wonderful people in Tulsa, but this has just been too awesome."

The wedding went off without a hitch thanks to lots of hard work by the hospice volunteers.