Couple marries in hospital room so bride's cancer-stricken sister can be the maid of honor as she fights for her life

By Staff Writer 02/08/2014 02:04:00

Couple marries in hospital room so bride's cancer-stricken sister can be the maid of honor as she fights for her life

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 19:38 EST, 7 February 2014 | UPDATED: 19:38 EST, 7 February 2014

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When Indiana woman Danielle Jones learned her younger sister, Gabby, was fighting for her life against both blood cancer and a rare fungal infection, she knew she had to do whatever it took to make sure the brave girl was part of her wedding.

This Thursday with little time to prepare, the staff of Riley Hospital for Children rushed to arrange the ceremony right there in Gabby's hospital room.

'I just want my sister there. I want her to be my maid of honor,' Danielle said. 'We consider one another best friends.'

Blessed Union: Danielle Jones rushed to marry boyfriend David so that little sister Gabby could be part of the ceremony, even if they had to be wed in the hospital

Blessed Union: Danielle Jones rushed to marry boyfriend David so that little sister Gabby could be part of the ceremony, even if they had to be wed in the hospital

Best friends: Gabby has been fighting against both blood cancer and more recently a rare fungal infection

Best friends: Gabby has been fighting against both blood cancer and more recently a rare fungal infection

Better Days: Before he cancer diagnosis Gabby was a healthy and active high school student, graduating in 2013

Better Days: Before he cancer diagnosis Gabby was a healthy and active high school student, graduating in 2013

Gabby, who graduated from Churubusco High School in 2013, has a type of blood cancer called myelodysplastic syndrome. Shortly before the wedding, doctors discovered she had also contracted a fungal infection her weakend immune system could not fight.

Danielle, 23, and boyfriend David had been dating for three years and had already been seriously considering marriage when Gabby's health took a turn for the worse, Indiana's News Center reports.

Between David's proposal in Danielle's living room and the ceremony itself, their engagement lasted only 48 hours.

With little time to spare, Danielle was wed in a white-lace prom gown, with Gabby laying in her hospital bed dressed in a cream dress pinned to her hospital gown.

Special Day: Nurses helped set up a makeshift aisle and altar by Gabby's hospital bed

Special Day: Nurses helped set up a makeshift aisle and altar by Gabby's hospital bed

Emotional Moment: Family said Gabby didn't cry when she was told she was dying but that she broke down in joyful tears at the ceremony

Emotional Moment: Family said Gabby didn't cry when she was told she was dying but that she broke down in joyful tears at the ceremony

Nurses came in on their day's off to help, and Joni Vaughan, the nurse in charge of Gabby's unit, even came back early from an out-of-town trip.

'We were just expecting the ceremony to be in her room at her bedside,' Danielle said. 'Joni said absolutely not. I want you to walk down the aisle with your dad.'

The team carefully adjusted the tubing of Gabby's breathing machine and moved her bed to the doorway to be part of the ceremony.

A white aisle runner was set in the hallway leading to Gabby's room and fake rose petals were strewn in Danielle's path. Real flowers, which could worsen Gabby's condition, were not allowed.

Team Effort: Gabby's small Indiana town has banded together to support her with Twitter campaigns and Facebook pages

Team Effort: Gabby's small Indiana town has banded together to support her with Twitter campaigns and Facebook pages

Support: Even Gabby's old high school classmates are pulling for the campaign to put her on Good Morning America

Support: Even Gabby's old high school classmates are pulling for the campaign to put her on Good Morning America

A garland was hung from the hospital room door and a makeshift altar erected. The playroom was turned into a reception area complete with cupcakes and juice.

Gabby, who had been a brave face of stoicism in the hospital until now, shed tears and gave Danielle a thumbs-up as she watched her father giver her big sister away.

'Even when she found out she was going to die, she never cried. But when Gabby saw me and my dad, she started to cry. Then of course everyone started crying,' Danielle said. 'She said they were happy tears. She said, 'I'm really glad you did this for me.''

Lynette Jones, the girls mother, told reporters she would always remember the special day.

'I couldn't believe what they did for us,' she said. 'They're like our family. We've been in and out of the hospital since September and for them to step up like that, I was amazed.'

Gabby has since been transferred to a Fort Wayne hospital closer to the family.

Full family: Gabby's family said they'd never forget how everyone pulled together to give them a precious memory with Gabby

Full family: Gabby's family said they'd never forget how everyone pulled together to give them a precious memory with Gabby

While they still hold out hope for a 'miracle' recovery, the Gabby's family is cherishing whatever time they have with her.

'Everyone said, 'Who would want to get married in a hospital,' and I said, 'Who wouldn't want to have their sister there?'' Danielle said. 'She was there, it was perfect and I wouldn't have had it any other way.'

A Twitter campaign is underway to get Gabby on Good Morning America with Robin Roberts, with hashtags #GoGabbyStrong and #RobinMeetGabby. You can also show your support at the Facebook page Team Gabby. 

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