As Banner Thunderbird Medical Center nurses in Glendale recently admired the engagement ring of 22-year-old cancer patient Samantha Preston, a great idea came up, which everyone loved.
The medical team of Preston saw how much her fiancée Angel Aguilar supported her during her extensive treatment for late-stage osteosarcoma. So they decided to give some assistance to the family.
This medical team immediately became wedding planners. Social worker Kelley Hunt, child life specialist Courtney Smith and the pediatric oncology team worked together to plan an unforgettable ceremony in just three days.
After getting her okay, it was time to pedal to the metal. We just wanted to make sure that as amazing as Sam is, she got to experience a special day for her, Angel, and their son Odin.Mabry
Smiles for Miles which is a non-profit organization focused at assisting children battling with cancer. An area at the hospital traditionally used as a gathering spot for families was quickly transformed into a beautiful venue for the couple to tie the knot. The team helped Preston get her makeup professionally done, and a local photographer captured every sweet moment between the family.
They just completely went all out with the decorations, and they had it all planned where they would cover up my (IV) pole, hiding the transfusion going on. It was just so magical. And I told them if they wouldn’t have done what they did, I would have just gone out for dinner after getting the papers from the courthouse.Preston
It was a great honr for Smith for being among the wedding planners.
Being a part of Sam’s wedding made history for me and my team, as it’s not very often that pediatric patients—or adult patients under pediatric care, in Sam’s case—get married. This is a first for a wedding!Smith
Preston’s cancer treatment started last year August at Banner Children’s at Desert in Mesa, where she spent considerable time receiving chemotherapy to treat her osteosarcoma.