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Parents Carrying Son With Cancer After Hospital Wedding

Photo of Parents Carrying Toddler With Cancer After Their Hospital Wedding Is Breaking Hearts

Most weddings involve some tears, but when Celia and Geff Kinzel exchanged vows in the chapel of Nationwide Children's hospital in Columbus, OH, there was an added layer of emotion.

After their 2-year-old son, Logan, was diagnosed with brain cancer for the second time, the couple decided to move up their wedding and say, "I do," in the hospital where Logan is a patient. "We were so happy that Logan was able to come down," Celia's mom, Megan Dempsey, told ABC News. "It was just a nice day for Celia and Geff and a nice break from what's really been such a difficult time."

When Logan was first diagnosed with stage four medulloblastoma, he underwent brain surgery and months of chemotherapy, but his parents learned around Thanksgiving that the cancer had returned. Since then, Logan has been living in the hospital with tumors on his brain and down his spinal cord, and his 4-year-old brother is staying with relatives as their parents split their time.


After the bittersweet ceremony, Megan snapped a powerful snapshot as the bride and groom carried their toddler back to his hospital room, and the moving image has since gone viral. "Everyone was really touched by [the photo]," Celia said. "I really hope from all of this, that it does bring awareness to pediatric cancer. Before this happened to Logan, I thought it was rare. I hope this sheds some light on it and people see that it's common."

The couple, who first got engaged in 2015, were planning a wedding in June of 2018, but according to Megan, hospital staff went out of their to make this earlier date special for everyone. "No child should have to endure this awful disease," Megan told Fox News. Instead of letting sorrow overshadow this important day for her family, Megan hopes this image sends a different message, "It speaks to me of bravery, love, and the ability to find joy and happiness in almost any situation."

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