Carthage couple celebrates marriage and fulfills bucket list wish
A Carthage couple celebrates their marriage and fulfills a bucket list wish.
Thanks to donations from the community, their wedding was planned in one week.
After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Schandera Jordan is making the most of every day.
And she has now crossed off the number one item on her bucket list.
“Words can’t describe,” she said. “It’s amazing, I’ve been super excited. I always dreamed of getting married and I never thought it would be possible.”
“I’m excited to give her the wedding that she always wanted,” said Jon Jordan, groom. “This is what she has dreamed of.”
Jon and Schandera Jordan were married 7 years ago at City Hall.
Schandera says this ceremony will give her kids a special, lifelong memory.
“I want to leave a legacy for my children,” she said. “I want the world to know my story.”
“I am happy for my mom and dad,” said Schandera’s daughter, Shany.
After one long week of last minute planning, Schandera’s friends are amazed by how things came together through many donations.
“I knew I had a mighty good hand of friends that could help me with this,” said coordinator Rachel Pyron. “I didn’t realize the magnitude.”
“There’s no way that we could have pulled together and done this if God wasn’t in the middle of all of this,” said Tara Midence, volunteer. “It really took a whole community of people to come together, to put all this together.”
Schandera’s day of surprises began at Elite Salon, getting her hair done in curls. A VIP limousine carried the bride to her photo shoot and then to Christman Event Center.
“The love and support that has been shown has been amazing,” she said. “I honestly didn’t think there were that many people out there that loved me that much.”
Schandera has been through one round of chemo already, with the next treatment scheduled for April 30th.
She says it is critical to keep a positive attitude.
“If I was to sit down and really, really think about the reality of my situation, I don’t think I could get back up,” she said. “Instead, I wake up every morning and I think I’m still alive and I get to spend this whole day with my kids and my husband and I’m going to make the best of it.”
She says recommitting to her husband is doing just that.
“I don’t know how much time I have time with my husband, so it’s very important to spend time with him, as much time as I can,” she said.
Schandera must travel to Phoenix every 28 days for treatment.
Her friends and family are raising donations to help cover her expenses.
If you would like to make a donation, visit www.gofundme.com/87jjso.