This past Thursday, 25-year-old Liza Heaton from Shreveport, Louisiana, was told a devastating news: she has just one month to live. She had been in remission for three years, but her rare form of cancer — synovial sarcoma — had returned and doctors say it cannot be treated with traditional methods.
To Liza, the dream of marrying her boyfriend Wyatt was now dead… But not for Wyatt. He invited more than 100 relatives and friends to come to Shreveport, where he planned a wedding in just two days. On Saturday December 13, the two exchanged vows and promised each other that they would keep fighting the disease to the end.
In an interview, Liza told The Shreveport Times:
When they said it would not be months, but weeks, I took that to mean a wedding was off the table. Wyatt took it to mean, OK, we have to get married this weekend.
During the wedding, Liza announced that she plans to enter a clinical trial at John Hopkins University in an effort to find a cure. In the meantime, her sister also set up the Love for Liza page on GoFundMe to raise funds for Lisa’s treatment. (Scroll down for the video report.)
1. Liza and Wyatt Heaton beam at their wedding two days after Liza learned she has just four weeks to live.
2. Wyatt and Liza Heaton married earlier this month after Liza discovered her cancer was untreatable. Here they are pictured at their wedding on December 13.
3. Wyatt and Liza Heaton share a laugh as they cut the cake at the wedding reception.
4. The couple called more than 100 relatives and friends to Shreveport, Louisiana, for the surprise.
Lisa had been researching her options since doctors rediscovered her cancer on Thanksgiving Day, when she went to hospital with stomach pains. It was the first sign of a problem since Liza was given an all-clear in 2011. Unfortunately, a scan revealed that the cancer — which typically targets young adults — had spread to her bowels, making surgery impossible. Liza told Today:
For three years there wasn’t really any bad news. I thought we had beat it. When it came back this time, it was such a whirlwind. You’re not really ever ready for that news.
Her first reaction was to tell her relatives and friends. She said:
I guess I would want everyone to know that people who have cancer… you’re still living. I definitely feel like I’m living with cancer, not dying with cancer.
Here is hoping Liza will pull through.
5. Wyatt Heaton places the ring on Liza’s finger during the dusk ceremony, in front of more than 100 friends and family.
6. Wyatt and Liza Heaton share a kiss at the wedding reception. Liza is now planning to join a clinical trial in a desperate bid to find treatment.
7. Liza’s sister has set up a crowd funding page to try and raise money to pursue other treatments. Here Liza is pictured as a newlywed just before she threw the bouquet.
8. Friends and family watch on as Liza throws her bouquet in the air.
9. Liza was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that targets young people. Here the two are showered with confetti during their wedding celebrations.
10. Liza and Wyatt pictured with a group of friends and family after exchanging their vows.
11. The married couple dance with friends at the wedding reception at their hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana.
12. Wyatt organized the wedding in just two days’ time after he and Liza (pictured together) discovered she had weeks to live.
13. Liza had been in remission for three years with no medical issues until Thanksgiving Day.
14. She went into hospital with abdominal pains and found the cancer had returned aggressively.
15. Liza (pictured right, next to her sister Ann Marie) plans to join a clinical trial to find treatment.
16. Wyatt picked out a picturesque setting for his nuptials.
17. A wedding video screened by Today show the couple smiling ecstatically at their dusk ceremony.
18. Wyatt and Liza are looking to raise money so they can fight the disease to the end.
And here is the video report:
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