Cancer Won’t Keep Patient from Mother-of-the-Bride Honor
WHAT: âDestination weddingsâ rarely include hospitals, but there will be one tonight for Patricia Wallenberg, terminally ill with cancer, and the wedding party of her daughter Amy. The July formal wedding was moved to tonight at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park and more than 30 relatives are coming from Texas, Las Vegas and Ohio for the traditional ceremony that will include tuxedoes, a long white dress, music, flowers, cake and even a champagne toast. WHEN: Tuesday, March 1, at 6 p.m. WHERE: Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, 701 W. North Ave.
Melrose Park, IL 60160 Media contact: Stasia Thompson, (708) 417-5036. WHO: Patricia Wallenberg, 64, will not let cancer deny her the joy of seeing her eldest daughter, Amy, 33, get married. âWe are a very closely knit family and nobody messes with the A-team, not even cancer,â said her husband, Ken, 64, a retired Elmwood Park plumber, referring to their four children who all have names beginning with âA.â
âPat was treated for breast cancer in 1993 and for 18 years was fine,â Ken said. âIn December, she couldnât get out of bed one morning and the doctor discovered the cancer had returned.â
In consultation with Dr. David Rosi, oncologist at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, the Wallenberg family took action. âLike all daughters, I want my mother to see me get married,â said daughter, Amy, who lives in Texas. âAnd even though it is at Gottlieb hospital, today I will get married surrounded by the people who are most important to me, with my mother at my side.â Like any mother-of-the-bride, Pat is having her makeup and nails done and is giggling with her daughter and loved ones, readying for this eveningâs pomp and circumstance. A special hairpiece is being styled and her wheelchair is decorated. âIn my 33 years of practice, this is the first wedding of its kind,â said Dr. Rosi. âPat awoke with a smile on her face this morning and is doing great.â