Nurses (And Community) Plan Wedding For Woman With Stage 4 Cancer

Get your Kleenex ready, because this story will likely make you cry, and in the best possible way.

We all know weddings take a while to plan—often months—but this one was planned in five days, and in a hospital, for 24-year-old patient Destini Schafer. Two weeks prior, Schafer had been diagnosed with Stage 4 stomach cancer.

When Schafer told her nurse, Ashley Shipley-Lovekamp, that she and her fiancé, Brandon Thomas, 31, were going to cancel their plans to elope to Jamaica to get married, Shipley-Lovekamp had another idea—for them to get married at the hospital, the Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois.

This was Monday, May 2. Fellow nurses, staff, and good Samaritans helped Shipley-Lovekamp—one nurse altered Schafer’s dress, and local businesses donated rings, tuxedos, and bridesmaid dresses. Talk about heartwarming.

And, just five days later, Friday, May 6, Schafer went down the “aisle” of the hospital’s hallway out into the courtyard.

“Everyone should get the wedding they deserve,” Shipley-Lovekamp told The State Journal-Register.

All in all, it was a happy celebration in light of the heaviness of the situation. “Today is the best day I’ve had since my diagnosis,” Schafer said. “I can’t begin to describe how thankful I am.”

The couple’s children from former relationships were flower girls—Schafer’s daughter, Bella, 3, and Brandon’s daughter Nyna—and Schafer’s son, Jacob, 6, was the ring bearer. They also have an eight-month-old son, Noah.

“You never would have expected them to go out of their way like that,” Thomas said of the hospital staff. “The nurses are just awesome and really here for her.” Schafer, too, is thankful for everyone’s help. “I can’t thank the staff enough for all the kindness and great care they’ve shown me and what they did for us,” Schafer told The Huffington Post.

Prior to the wedding, Schafer was told she was too weak for chemotherapy, and that she should think about hospice care. But the wedding made Schafer feel better. Five days later, doctors said she was strong enough to try chemo.

If you’d like to help Schafer out, there is a GiveForward page set up for her expenses. Earlier today, Thomas posted, “Round two of chemo is complete. Destini woke up today saying she feels great!!”

Watch above and keep that Kleenex handy!

Disney Releases First Look At The New ‘Star Wars’ Attraction

This is huge! Disneyland has confirmed that it has started construction on the Star Wars theme park, and has released an awesome 360 video of the progress.

Last August, it was announced that Disney and Lucasfilm were partnering together to create an out-of-this-world attraction. Here’s some screen captures of the video above.

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According to the press release, “Guests will be able to step aboard The Millennium Falcon and actually pilot the fastest ship in the galaxy, steering the vessel through space, firing the laser cannons, in complete control of the experience.”

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While I imagine it’s taken a little movie magic to make this 360 video, I can’t wait to see what the theme park looks like when it’s finished.

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At 14 acres, it will be a monumental attraction.  Can you tell where it will be located? Yes, you can see the back of Frontier Land in some of the 360 video. If you happen to be traveling to the park in the next few years, you may be able to catch a glimpse of all the action!

[h/t: HelloGiggles]

Airline Crew Delays Flight So Passengers Can See This Spectacular Phenomenon

Earlier this week, Alaska Airlines delayed a flight by 25 minutes so their passengers could get an epic, once-in-a-lifetime view of a solar eclipse.

According to the Alaskan Airlines blog, “The March 8 rendezvous over the Pacific Ocean was not luck, but a precisely planned equation. The calculations began a year ago. The only variable was the plane.” The problem? The flight was scheduled to pass through that exact spot 25 minutes too early.”


That’s when Astronomer Joe Rao took action. He convinced the airline to delay the flight so the passengers could experience the eclipse first hand. He even offered informational packets and safety glasses to the other travelers so they could fully enjoy the experience reported ABC News.