Woman with cancer getting wedding wish granted

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) - A Flint woman who has battled cancer for five years is about to have her wedding dream realized.

Jennifer Hutcheson, 30, and her husband-to-be, Allen Korth, 49, will say their “I do’s” at a home in nearby Fenton on Sunday.

Getting married was one of Hutcheson’s final wishes when in February she was given two to six months to live.

“It’s kind of surreal, emotional,” Hutcheson told The Flint Journal (http://bit.ly/1mWX4kb ). “It’s going to be better than I thought it would be.”

Friends, family and a nonprofit organization called Wish Upon a Wedding have swooped in to help plan the wedding.

The couple has been dating for nine years, starting when she was 21 and he was 40. Then, when Hutcheson was 25, she was diagnosed with esophageal cancer.

She has endured seven rounds of chemotherapy, three rounds of radiation, surgery and hair and weight loss, always with Korth at her side.

They would have liked to have married sooner, but Hutcheson would have lost her health insurance. But when Hutcheson entered hospice care two months ago, she and Korth realized getting married wouldn’t affect her care.

“There’s something about changing your last name to the person you love. It’s just important to me that I get to do that,” Hutcheson said.

The now-88-pound Hutcheson said she hopes to be able to walk down the aisle without using her wheelchair.

The wedding will be the third in Michigan through Wish Upon a Wedding since a state chapter opened in 2011. The national organization was created a year earlier to provide weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illnesses and serious life-altering circumstances.

“They’re the most deserving, loving couple,” said Laura Allis, president of the Michigan chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding. “Look at Allen. When Jennifer gets upset, all he has to do is touch her or look at her and he calms her.”

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Information from: The Flint Journal, http://www.mlive.com/flint

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