Cancer Patient Receives Wedding Wish at Hospital

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    Cindy Dang, who suffers from cancer, was able to fulfill her wish of getting married. Marianne Favro reports. (Published Friday, Oct 4, 2013)

    Cindy Dang has never worn makeup.

    But this day is different -- it's her wedding day.

    The fuss is a welcome diversion from her no fuss line in a hospital room at the VA Palo Alto Medical Center, where Dang is receiving treatment for Stage 3 ovarian cancer.

    Instead of undergoing chemotherapy, she is undergoing a makeover from a volunteer with the American Cancer Society.

    "When I see a cancer patient fighting for their life it makes me want to fight for them and help them," said Sarah Zebb, an American Cancer Society volunteer.

    The Navy veteran who did a tour of duty in the Persian Gulf is relishing her reflection.

    Her veil showcasing, not hiding, her smile.

    What Dang thought would be a drab wedding in her hospital room turned into a beautiful outdoor ceremony thanks to her friends and hospital staff.

    "I think everybody is trying to surround me with love and support, and tell me not to give up," Dang said. "I have a long, long struggle to go, but this is my break to make me enjoy life."

    Dang is marrying her soul mate, her boyfriend of 15 years, David Jones.

    Her illness has brought Jones a new perspective.

    "I know to live life to the fullest," Jones said. "Take it day by day."

    And sometimes, minute by minute.

    "I just turned 42 in September. It's not my time yet," Dang said. "I'm going to fight."