Dying man gets wish to finally take wife on honeymoon

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LEMON GROVE, Calif. – Next week, Mike and Cynthia Lavorin will leave for Las Vegas for the honeymoon they never had.

Seven years ago, Mike was diagnosed with brain cancer. Weeks after his first surgery, the couple went to Las Vegas to get married at the Little White Chapel.

Since their wedding day, the couple has spent an entire lifetime together battling Mike’s illness.

“It’s basically our first real vacation," Cynthia said. "We’ve never had a chance to save and take a trip. We’ve just been trying to beat cancer."

A few years ago, the Lavorins saw hope.

“Then we passed the five-year mark, which in the cancer world is kind of amazing,” Cynthia said.

They thought they beat cancer -- until last year. The cancer came back and is now terminal.

“This time, he can’t do radiation,” Cynthia said. “There’s only a certain amount of radiation that the brain can tolerate.”

Knowing they were on borrowed time, Cynthia wrote the Dream Foundation, a national dream-granting organization for terminally ill adults and their families.

Mike’s dying wish was to give Cynthia the honeymoon they never had. Thursday morning, a team of Dream Foundation hosts showed up at the Lemon Grove home.

The foundation awarded the couple a round trip ticket to Las Vegas, a four-night stay at the MGM Grand Hotel and a couple’s spa experience.

“It will be pretty nice to be able to stop for a little bit and try to relax and not be sick,” Mike said.

On their trip, Mike and Cynthia plan to create the missed memories of seven years ago, including returning to the Little White Chapel to renew their vows.

“We’re going to renew our vows,” said Cynthia. “I got a real dress. Last time I wore Converse and jeans,” Cynthia said.

If there is someone you would like to nominate for the Dream Foundation, click here.

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