Gina & Cesar’s Wedding Day

For 13 years Gina had lived with Cesar, the love of her life. When struggling with a terminal diagnosis of Congestive Heart Failure, Gina made it known that her dying wish was to become Cesar’s wife.

In just a few short weeks, SCHF worked with Gina and Cesar’s community to put on the wedding of her dreams, officiated by the hospice chaplain at Tivoli Too in Laguna Beach. She was fitted with an elegant bridal gown, tiara, and jewelry. The rest of the family was also equipped with formal wear for the occasion. On the day, Gina got up from her wheelchair and walked into Cesar’s arms.

The reception featured a three-course plated meal, tiered wedding cake, and champagne toast. After sharing their first dance and spending time with loved ones, the couple was taken by limousine for a brief honeymoon at the Anaheim Marriott. The beautiful bride said, “Thank you for giving me the best day of my life.” Just a few weeks later, Gina passed away.

For more details of Gina’s story, check out our feature article in the 2018 SCHF annual report.