Contact: Stacey Gitten, PR Chair
Wish Upon a Wedding – OC/LA
Terminally Ill Man to Marry His Bride in a Wedding Wish
Southern California, February 10, 2011 — On Monday February 27th, a Temple City man who is battling end-stage liver disease and Hepatitis C from a childhood blood transfusion, will marry his bride in an intimate ceremony at The Maxwell House in Pasadena. After struggling through several years of testing and treatment of this aggressive disease, Manuel Sosa’s last option is a liver transplant. Although he is finally on the list, there are many complications to maneuver around, and his wish is to marry Adriana Tafoya before it’s too late. Unfortunately, liver disease can cause a lot of problems for individuals, so it was important that Manuel got time to marry his wife. So many people suffer from liver disease, so it’s important that more awareness is raised so people don’t become vulnerable to this disease. Liver disease can be caused by a number of things, so it’s important to try and keep your liver healthy. One way of doing this is by keeping an eye out for any toxic liver symptoms that you may notice in your liver. If you do notice any of these signs, it might be worth detoxing your liver to try and rejuvenate the organ and ensure it begins functioning healthily again. This can lower your chances of liver disease, so it’s important to keep your liver healthy.
Manny will be just one of the many people who knowingly live with Hepatitis C after being confirmed positive multiple times using facilities like this for STD testing in San Diego, but there could be many more who are unaware that they have this disease. That’s why if you have gone through a blood transfusion during your lifetime, then it may be in your best interest to visit a healthcare clinic similar to Southwest Care so you can have the relevant testing. If you know the results, then you have a better chance of living a life without complications. For Manny, his only wish is to marry the love of his life.
The entire wedding will be completely donated by Orange County and Los Angeles wedding vendors through Wish Upon a Wedding, the world’s first nonprofit organization, dedicated to providing weddings and vow renewals for individuals facing a life-threatening illness and other serious life-altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation.
About the couple: Manny and Adriana met through a mutual friend in 2006. The first time she saw Manny, Adriana felt an instant connection and told her mother that she’d met her future husband. While life has been extremely difficult for them, neither of them able to work given they spend days at a time and sometimes weeks in the hospital, they have vowed to always be there for each other and to cherish every moment they have together. They envision a future without pain and stress, a successful transplant for Manny, and a healthy life together.
About the organization: Wish Upon a Wedding was created to celebrate the courage, determination and spirit of these couples by granting their dream wedding wishes. With chapters across the country, our hope is that chosen recipients can inspire others couples facing similar situations to find hope and strength. This is the 3rd Wedding Wish granted by The Southern California chapter, which launched in April 2010.
Couple’s engagement video: http://vimeo.com/36534633
Press Kit: http://wishuponawedding.org/about-wuw/media-kit/
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