Cancer Ward Helps Patient Celebrate Her Wedding

Samantha Preston and her fiancé exchanging vows. Source: Good News Network

22-year-old cancer patient Samantha Preston received her best gift yet, an engagement ring. After admiring the ring, nurses at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Arizona stepped in to help the young couple tie the knot.

Amy Mabry, one of the cancer ward’s nurse practitioners, said, “I said, ‘You’re coming in for a long day of transfusions on Friday. Why don’t you let us throw the wedding here at the clinic?’”

Preston replied, “Really?” Mabry answered, “Yeah, we’ll totally figure it out for you.”

Transforming themselves into wedding planners, social worker Kelley Hunt, and child life specialist Courtney Smith put together a ceremony in just three days.

“After getting her [Preston’s] okay, it was time to pedal to the metal,” said Mabry. “We just wanted to make sure that as amazing as Sam is, she got to experience a special day for her, Angel, and their son Odin.”

Partnering with Smiles for Miles, a nonprofit that helps children fighting cancer, the staff decorated a gathering area in the hospital as a venue, brought in a photographer, and secured a makeup artist.

Preston told them, “They just completely went all out with the decorations, and they had it all planned where they would cover up my (IV) pole, hiding the transfusion going on. It was just so magical…I told them if they wouldn’t have done what they did, I would have just gone out for dinner after getting the papers from the courthouse.”

Smith described her experience helping to plan Preston’s special day was a great honor. She said, “Being a part of Sam’s wedding made history for me and my team, as it’s not very often that pediatric patients—or adult patients under pediatric care, in Sam’s case—get married.” Smith has been involved in planning proms, quinceñeras, tea parties, and more; however this was their first wedding.

Preston began cancer treatment in August 2019 at Banner Children’s at Desert in Mesa before being transferred to Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. Currently, Preston remains upbeat and determined to overcome her health challenges.

Source: Good News Network