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learned of Ed’s surprise on a mutual friend’s Facebook page. So he and Ed began blog postings of their own, encouraging family, friends, and friends of friends to vote. An early posting read: “Help Ed and Erwin Win Their Ultimate Wedding. Wow! In the past 24 hours we had over 2000 people invited to the voting event. Vote and share, vote and share.” But a few weeks later, their standing didn’t look very promising, and they blogged: “Voting is still open for 44 minutes. Please vote. We are fighting for 10th place.” Weeks later, Ed and Erwin had finished in 11th place, but their blog post revealed nothing but joy: “We just had better news than winning any contest yesterday. Erwin’s treatment is working better than we ever hoped.”
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After six rounds of chemotherapy, 14 rounds of whole brain radiation, and medication, the cancer was responding well! “But the future remained uncertain, as lung cancer at this stage is always terminal,” Ed explains. Having their wedding soon had become imperative.
Wishing Upon a Wedding As if by way of a miracle, the couple learned
of another resource, Wish Upon a Wedding, an organization that grants wishes to those with life-threatening illnesses (diagnosed with less than five years to live.) All wedding services are donated by wedding professionals who offer their time, services, or products, according to Shelby TuckHorton, WUW’S Washington DC Chapter President, and owner of her own wedding
business, Exquisite Expressions & Events. WUW was reviewing their request, and Ed and Erwin were greatly encouraged by this and some other news too. “FYI: We saw Erwin’s oncologist today and had the first good news about his cancer since October of last year. Thanks to everyone who is praying for us.” The favorable news continued: “Thank you everyone for your continued prayers. Erwin’s last CAT scan was a little suspicious in his brain. So, he had an MRI and the news was incredible. It is as if his brain NEVER had cancer!” And more: “Some good news from Wish Upon a Wedding!” As a brand new organization, WUW had been around only long enough to grant