KALISPELL, Mont. – Terminal cancer didn’t stop one Montana couple from fulfilling their dream of getting married, KPAX reports.
Sharon Lucas, of Kalispell, says it’s a love story that spanned over 40 years. She met her second husband Gary when she was 15, but it wasn’t until years later that they reconnected.
“I have never felt more loved and wanted in my whole life. Gary was my soul mate. Everywhere we went, we didn’t go alone we went together. If we weren’t together we didn’t go anywhere,” Lucas explained.
Gary’s health took a serious turn last year when he was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. Doctors told Gary and Sharon he didn’t have much time left.
Kalispell Regional Medical Center Chaplain Eric Robbins was brought in to guide Gary and Sharon as Gary’s health declined. During one of Robbins’ talks with Gary, he asked him if he had any regrets.
“You know, are there any regrets you have because he knew at that point he was terminal, barring an absolute miracle of some form,” Robbins said.
“I asked him if he had any regrets and he said the only thing he wished he would’ve done is they would’ve formally gotten married because they had been common law,” he added.
Gary and Sharon set a wedding date, but unfortunately, Gary got worse. Running out of time, Robbins performed a unique ceremony.
“I have not done a bedside wedding. I’ve certainly done many, many weddings. Many weddings — many unique types of weddings. But nothing where it was, you know what let’s do this, and we better make it quick,” Robbins told KPAX.
Hospital staff quickly frosted cupcakes and hung Christmas lights in Gary’s room to make their wedding day.
Hours before Gary passed away he married his longtime love Sharon who told us her best friend made sure it was a day she’d remember forever.
“She had the cake, she had champagne glasses, my bouquet – his boutonniere – all of it. So, I’ve got that remember. It’s sitting in my China hutch.”
With the love of her life gone, Sharon said her next step is a fresh start. She plans on moving to Grand Prairie, Texas to be close to friends and family.
DES MOINES, Iowa – Another Democrat is joining the race for president and they’ll soon be headed to Iowa to begin campaigning.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced Tuesday in an online video he is running for president. He joins a crowded field of challengers hoping to unseat President Donald Trump in 2020. Bullock is the 22nd Democrat to announce their candidacy for president.
Bullock is a former attorney general for Montana and was elected the state’s governor in 2012. His re-election in 2016, in a state that President Trump won by more than 20%, offers a unique background for his campaign.
“As a Democrat governor of a state Donald Trump won by 20 points, I don’t have the luxury of just talking to people who agree with me,” said Bullock in his campaign announcement video.
Bullock will make an official announcement Tuesday afternoon at the high school he graduated from in Helena, Montana.
He’ll travel to Iowa Thursday and hold his first campaign event in Des Moines at Confluence Brewing Company at 6:30 p.m.
Campaign stops across Iowa are planned through Saturday with events in Newton, Tama, Independence, Dubuque, Maquoketa, Clinton, and Davenport.