SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO (CBS) — Veronica Perez walked down the aisle in San Juan Capistrano Sunday.
All eyes on the beautiful bride. But it was hard for her, or anyone in the crowd for that matter, to ignore the large scare on the left side of her groom’s head.
Kelly Haro is battling a deadly brain cancer.
Its’ a very aggressive form of brain cancer, reports CBS2 and KCAL9’s Jeff Nguyen.
He was also at the ceremony attended by scores of the Corona couple’s friends and family — including their Brady Bunch-type brood of six kids: his, hers and theirs.
Nguyen reports Haro’s doctors say he has less than a few months to live.
Today, all he could think about was his beautiful bride and their dream wedding, made possible by a group that helps couple’s in medical crisis.
Says Haro, “I don’t have any self pity. Everything I have is moving forward and I’m trying to do the best I can.”
This couple will take the sickness and in health part of their vows very seriously.
Despite their doctor’s predictions — Kelly and Veronica wanted to exchange vows during a ceremony. This was a day to ignore the calendar.
And the budget.
Reports Nguyen, “in order for this day to happen, nearly everything at this wedding ceremony — from the catering to the cake and even the wedding ring — were donated to Kelly and Veronica.
With all his medical bills, it’s the only way a wedding could have taken place.
Says Veronica, “Right now Kelly is on disability. And I happened to get laid off right before we found out he was sick.”
Wedding plans started with an online application that Veronica submitted to the non-profit group “Wish Upon A Wedding.” They offer weddings to couples battling terminal illness.
Wish Upon A Wedding’s Kevin Covey says, “Our couples are not thinking of getting married, to be honest. They’re thinking of the bills they have to pay. They’re thinking if he’ll be here next week. Those are things our couples deal with.”
With the generosity of about 20 different vendors – this couple was able to share this day with the large and happy gathering.
The couple hope the kids will always have this fun, happy day to remind them of the importance of family especially when times won’t be fun or happy.
Says Veronica, “So that they will know what the value of what family is.”