ANNA (CBSDFW.COM) - A woman from Anna wanted a wedding, but with mounting medical bills from a rare medical condition, she just couldn’t afford it. A non-profit organization in Houston, that helps couples dealing with terminal illness and serious life altering circumstances, stepped in to give her the wedding of her dreams Sunday at the TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney.
“I have not been in high heels in years,” Tiffany Nix said. So, the bride-to-be was inside her house Friday, practicing her walk down the aisle. “I even vacuumed in them yesterday, just to make sure I don’t fall at the wedding,” Nix said.
There was a pair of red, glittery tennis shoes nearby. “This other pair was for the reception,” she said.
The theme was “Old Hollywood,” big and glamorous. It’s a wedding that would have cost thousands of dollars had everything not been donated.
As she held a picture of the groom’s tux, she appeared to be shaking. “Uh. You can see I’m shaking,” she said. But those weren’t wedding jitters she told us. They’re a side effect of anti-rejection drugs.
Tiffany has Islet Cell Hyperplasia.
“I was taking insulin shots like six to eight times a day. I was so sick,” she said.
“It’s meant six surgeries in two years, including a pancreas transplant,” she said. “I couldn’t have planned [the wedding] with my health the way it was. All our extra money goes to medication.” Depending on her condition and the prescriptions, Tiffany has to pay $400 to $1,000 a month for medication.
A charitable organization in Houston, known as “Wish Upon a Wedding,” not only planned the wedding, it enlisted “Wish Granters” — wedding professionals within the Dallas area — to donate the products and services to make this wedding wish come true. Her groom, Mark McCullers, said, “I’m glad that she’s able to get the wedding she deserves.” The couple met three years ago. Their lives, united, makes their family a mix of two adults and six children.
It must’ve been love. Because they’d only been dating four months when she got sick. But who could let a pancreas get in the way of two hearts?
“I love that he’s my biggest cheerleader,” she said.
“I think the world of her,” he said.
Tiffany has another surgery scheduled for next week. That means they’ll have to postpone the honeymoon. But they hope to get away in May.
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