Couples that battle together, stay together – just ask these New Jersey newlyweds, who tied the knot after their cancer diagnoses threw off their many previous plans to get married.
Ashley Wood and Kevin Sochanchak were married in an emotional ceremony at the Adelphia Restaurant Saturday in Deptford Township, after winning an all-expenses-paid wedding from a social media contest sponsored by the catering hall last December.
“It was everything I dreamt it would be and more,” Wood told InsideEdition.com. “It was like a fairytale ending to everything that we’ve been through.”
They met in 2006, when they were 15.
At 18, Wood was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
Three years later, Sochanchak was diagnosed with Stage 4 stomach and esophageal cancer. At the time, he was given six months to live.
“It was just full of shock to find out that he had cancer [after] everything we had already been through,” Wood said.
Despite fighting for their health through treatments and different hospital visits, Sochanchak proposed on February 11, 2015, which happened to be their nine-year anniversary.
They continued to put off their wedding until this December, when they decided to enter a contest for a free wedding, courtesy of their favorite venue in the area.
"People had written letters, nominating us for the contest," Wood explained. “Everyone kind of voted online and we won. It was like the perfect Christmas present."
Even though they had originally hoped to get married after the summer, “with all the hospital stuff, we decided we might do something smaller, or keep it nonchalant,” Wood explained.
The couple married on February 11, exactly 11 years after they first got together.
Wood went into remission last year, but just days before the wedding, Sochanchak was placed in hospice care.
"We’re just going to be there for one another," Wood said. "Enjoy every moment. Even if we get to bad times, it’s going to be okay in the end."