Flint — 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 as cancer spread through her body and 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.”
Hutcheson and Korth don’t have to worry much about planning, because friends, family and a nonprofit organization called Wish Upon a Wedding have swooped in to help.
The happy 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.
If it was up to them, they would have gotten married a few years ago, but Hutcheson would have lost her health insurance, and that was not an option. When Hutcheson entered hospice care two months ago, she and Korth realized getting married wouldn’t affect her care.
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.