The first time their young son was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, an Ohio couple put their wedding plans on the back burner. But when the disease returned and made the future uncertain, the couple decided they didn’t want to wait to tie the knot any longer.
They married earlier this month at the hospital where their son was being treated, and just afterward, newlyweds Celia and Geff Kinzel brought 2-year-old Logan back to his room. With a mask on Logan’s face and his head resting on his dad’s shoulder, the tender moment was captured in a photo that’s drawing heaps of well wishes online.
“It’s two parents doing the best they can in a terrible situation and finding happiness where there isn’t a lot of happiness, and not letting cancer get in the way of happy moments,” told Celia Kinzel
The intimate wedding ceremony on Jan. 7 at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, was brief and small because of Logan’s compromised immune system. Even in the face of his serious diagnosis, it was a joyous day.
“A hospital wedding, you’d think it’d be a little sad,” said Kinzel, who surprised her fiance by secretly dressing in a wedding gown while he and the couple’s two sons wore jeans, white shirts and superhero ties. “There was nothing sad about it. It was perfect.”
In February, Logan was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor called medulloblastoma. He underwent surgery and chemotherapy and was declared cancer-free after months of treatment.
But around Thanksgiving, his symptoms returned, and a scan brought devastating news.
“He didn’t just have one tumor,” his mom said. “He had one big tumor and multiple smaller tumors all around his brain and down his spine. There were too many of them to count and they’re inoperable.”
Logan was immediately hospitalized for surgery to remove part of the large tumor followed by chemotherapy. His smaller tumors have shrunk or disappeared, his mom says, though more treatment is ahead
Although Celia, 26, and Geff, 32, had later set a wedding date in June 2018, they moved up the date and had the hospital wedding with Logan, his 4-year-old brother, Rowan, and 15 of their closest relatives two weeks ago.
“We didn’t know what the future is going to be for Logan,” Kinzel said. “We’re hoping for the best, but anything can happen.”
“It was very important for us that both boys were in attendance and celebrating with us,” she added.