Alma Fragoso was worried she would not make it to her wedding day. The 31-year-old from Pomona, California, has been fighting stage 4 colon cancer for over a year.
In spite of her illness, Fragoso married her long-time boyfriend, Juan Franco, in a ceremony paid for by the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. While some relay participants wore workout clothes, Fragoso wore a short wedding dress with a veil and tiara.
“In my mind I was like ‘Dear God, please make me beautiful,’” Fragoso said of Saturday’s ceremony. “When I saw the [wedding] pictures, I said ‘I’m so beautiful.’”
Hundreds of friends, family members and cancer survivors were there to celebrate.
“They were able to see me smile, and I hadn’t seen me smile in a long time,” Fragoso told ABC News of her friends and family.