Teresa Martinez always thought she would have a big wedding when she married her fiance, Adam Day.
The couple’s big day, however, came in a small package as they tearfully traded vows Friday in the chapel at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City West.
Day, 30, was diagnosed with melanoma in September but thought he had beaten it in December. On July 6, however, he was readmitted to the hospital to find the cancer had spread.
The couple, who have been engaged for a year and have been together for more than three, decided they could wait no longer to marry.
“It hit both of us. Why are we waiting? We don’t need a big wedding. We’re ready,” said Martinez, a 31-year-old resident of Laveen. “Every day is not guaranteed, so let’s do it now.”
The couple was joined by a handful of family and friends for the wedding. The hospital staff made a cake and placed a “just married” sign on Day’s wheelchair.
“My dad says things like, this only happen in movies, but we’re doing it in real life,” Martinez said.
“I was happy. Why wait?” said Liz Shliveck, Martinez’s mother.
Shawn Day, Adam’s father, is happy for the support Martinez has given her new husband during his battle with cancer.
“I told (Adam) you have to give your heart and soul to each other,” he said.
Despite the severity of Day’s cancer, his family and friends are hopeful that the joyous moment will give him some extra strength to defeat the disease.
“He’s a fighter, and he’s young. He’ll get through this. I know he will,” his father said.