An Edmonton couple celebrated their wedding day in front of family friends over the weekend after being diagnosed with devastating cancer.
Stasha Vollman and Jason Storey fell in love while working together seven years ago. They merged their families and started life together, but didn’t have the money to officially get married.
“We’ve felt like family for a long time already,” Jason told Global News.
Then, a year ago, Stasha found out she had terminal cancer. It affected his vision, as well as his lungs, bones, liver and brain.
“She’s one of the strongest women I’ve met in my life,” Jason said.
“If anyone wants to fight and stay as long as she can…it’s her.”
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In February, with no time to spare, Jason visited a jewelry store in Bonnie Doon Mall in southeast Edmonton to discuss a payment plan to buy Stasha’s dream ring.
After hearing their story, the owner of Gold Star Jewelers gave them a 1.5-carat diamond ring instead.
“We definitely couldn’t have afforded to have a wedding on such short notice,” Stasha said.
A few months ago, Global News covered the couple’s Valentine’s Day story – which caught the attention of a caterer and a wedding planner.
“Everyone offered their services and kind of had a snowball effect,” Jason said.
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From food and music to invitations and limo services, the couple said they received offers from several companies: “The list goes on and on and on.”
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Angels Anonymous – an organization that grants wishes to terminally ill adults – also helped defray the costs.
“They stepped in at great expense to help us plan our dream wedding instead of getting married on the steps of City Hall,” Jason said, as Stasha laughed beside him.
“There are so many people in the community who came together and wanted to help be a part of our special day and made it really special for everyone,” Stasha said after tying the knot.
“To everyone, I would like to say thank you,” added Jason.
It was a fairy tale day for the couple, and they are overjoyed with their happily ever after.
“Being married is already awesome,” Stasha said.
Since our story aired in February, Stasha has undergone rigorous chemotherapy treatments.
“It’s been pretty aggressive and sometimes not easy,” she said.
“The treatments are working, so we are crossing our fingers. It’s going to be an uphill battle, but hopefully I’ll have a few more years with the kids before it’s all over.
Now that the wedding is over, the couple plans to rest and relax and make as many memories as possible with their children.
“We’re going to enjoy every minute we have with her.”
A GoFundMe has been launched to help pay for some of the uncovered costs of medical treatment and to help the family spend time together.
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