Local hospital patient with terminal cancer marries in hospital - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Local hospital patient with terminal cancer marries in hospital

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---A local hospital patient had a dream come true on Saturday.

There's a small chapel inside Norton Brownsboro Hospital where people usually go to pray.

This weekend, it was decorated for a much-different occasion.

Derrick Melzer was the man of the hour, surrounded by friends and family.

Hospital staff helped throw him a wedding. The ceremony was in the chapel.

Melzer and his bride, Sarah, have been together for 10 years.

As she made her way down the aisle, Melzer's first words were "You look gorgeous".

They then said their vows in front of family and friends.

"I promise to be true to you, in good times and in bad", says Derrick Melzer.

"In sickness and in health, I will love you and honor you all the days of my life," his bride Sarah said.

The words mean so much to this couple, especially Derrick Melzer.

"You know, I'm terminally ill with pancreatic cancer," he says.

He was diagnosed in February of this year. Sarah was hoping he would hold on.

"And they told him if he went through the chemotherapy he'd probably have 5-10 years. It's been less than a year. But we're in this for the long haul," says Sarah Melzer.

They weren't planning to get married this soon.

"We were thinking originally of getting married in the spring, and doing it outside," says Derrick Melzer.

However, on Friday his doctor gave him the unforgettable news.

His prognosis is now 3 months.

Melzer told the doctor "So I'm gonna die younger Doc, and she also teared up a little bit," says Chassidy Weatherford, Assistant Nurse Manager.

So hospital staff stepped in, and in a matter of hours had a wedding planned out.

The took care of everything from a cake, flowers, decorations, and even the champagne to celebrate. A doctor even played music.

This isn't how this couple expected to get married, but they know life is quickly changing.

" We're running out of time," says Derrick Melzer.

Holding hands in front of loved ones, they make it official and get married.  

With little time left together, this is a moment they will forever cherish.

"Hopefully some day I can pay it forward. I don't know how I ever could but it's just amazing. Absolutely amazing," says Sarah Melzer.

Derrick Melzer was even transported by ambulance yesterday to take care of the marriage license, so that Sarah could run errands before the big day.

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