Reporting Suzie Suh
TEMPLE CITY (CBS) — On Monday night, Manuel Sosa, 44, a Temple City man battling end-stage liver disease and Hepatitis C from a childhood blood transfusion, married his bride in an intimate ceremony at The Maxwell House in Pasadena.
After struggling through several years of testing and treatment of this aggressive disease, Sosa’s last option is a liver transplant. Although he is finally on the list, there are many complications to maneuver around, and his wish was to marry Adriana Tafoya before it was too late.
The entire wedding was completely donated by Orange County and Los Angeles wedding vendors through Wish Upon A Wedding, the world’s first nonprofit organization, dedicated to providing weddings and vow renewals for individuals facing a life-threatening illness and other serious life-altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation.
“We just can’t be without each other,” the couple said.
Sosa and Tafoya met through a mutual friend in 2006. The first time she saw Manny, Adriana felt an instant connection and told her mother that she had found her future husband.
While life may be extremely difficult for them, neither of them able to work given they spend days at a time and sometimes weeks in the hospital, they have vowed to be there for each other and to cherish every moment they have together.
They envision a future without pain and stress, a successful transplant for Manny, and a healthy life together.