Woman Dies a Month After Fulfilling Wedding Wish

Jennifer Hutcheson was terminally ill, but got her day

By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 5, 2014 3:35 PM CDT

(Newser) – A young Michigan woman died this week after fighting esophageal cancer for five years, but not before she got to fulfill her last wish: to marry her fiance. As the Detroit Free Press reports, 30-year-old Jennifer Hutcheson wed Allen Korth last month with help from the nonprofit Wish Upon a Wedding group. It arranges weddings for couples when one has a terminal illness. The couple wanted to get married five years ago, when Hutcheson was diagnosed, but they put it off because they feared she would lose health insurance, reports WNEM.

Some may "say marriage is just a piece of paper, but I am so grateful Jennifer got her biggest wish to come true," said her maid of honor at the July 6 ceremony. "She is finally Mrs. Korth." Hutcheson wasn't feeling great on her wedding day, but she managed to stand from her wheelchair and greet the crowd, reports MLive. She died on Monday, less than a month after the ceremony. (Click to read about another couple that went through with their wedding despite a last-minute health emergency.)

Jennifer Hutcheson, 30, kisses fiance Allen Korth, 49, on July 2.
Jennifer Hutcheson, 30, kisses fiance Allen Korth, 49, on July 2.   (AP Photo/The Flint Journal, Laura McDermott)
Jennifer Hutcheson leans her head against the couch to rest after trying on her wedding dress on July 1.
Jennifer Hutcheson leans her head against the couch to rest after trying on her wedding dress on July 1.   (AP Photo/The Flint Journal, Laura McDermott)
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