Cancer patient and bride get surprise wedding

Kyle Ratliff and his bride, Lauren, tied the knot Saturday. And some of their friends made it extra special
December 1, 2012 10:03:02 PM PST
A couple in Spring is beginning married life together this weekend. They said their vows Saturday afternoon, but instead of jetting off on a honeymoon, Monday, the groom begins cancer treatments. They'd moved their wedding date up from next March and friends turned it into something very special.

Kyle Ratliff looked like any nervous groom. But he's not.

"I had a seizure," said Kyle.

The assistant football coach at Spring High School had been set to marry his sweetheart - the school's assistant cheerleading coach -- next spring.

But his health got in the way.

"They found a mass in my brain," he said. "It was four centimeters; four by four centimeters, which was golf ball size."

"Then he was diagnosed with brain cancer, so they had two craniotomies," his bride, Lauren Collis, told us.

And with Kyle about to begin more treatment on Monday, the couple decided they'd move the wedding up.

"I got six weeks of radiation and then a full year of chemo," said Kyle.

The couple decided they'd move the wedding date up.

"They were just going to go to the courthouse," said friend Elizabeth MacIngvale.

But friends like Elizabeth, who runs "A Memorable Event" wanted something better for the couple.

"The people from the school wanted her to have more and have a memorable day like you should," said Elizabeth.

"A Memorable Event" donated time, resources and expertise without much input from the bride and groom.

"It'll be wonderful to have this all a surprise," said Lauren before the wedding.

On Saturday in the Spring High School gym, which was done up to look like an upscale wedding venue, it was a winter wonderland.

In front of family and friends, Kyle and Lauren got married, beginning what they hope is a long lifetime of love.


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