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Manuel Sosa, Man Battling Liver Disease, Gets 'Wish Upon A Wedding' Ceremony

First Posted: 02/28/2012 9:03 pm Updated: 02/28/2012 9:11 pm

Wish Upon A Wedding

Most couples want nothing more than to spend the rest of their lives together -- but when one partner is terminally ill, getting married is often their final wish.

Manuel Sosa's battle with end-stage liver disease and Hepatitis C didn't stop him from marrying his longtime girlfriend, Adriana Tafoya, on Monday.

The couple's wedding was put on by the Southern California Chapter of Wish Upon A Wedding, a non-profit that grants weddings and vow renewals for those facing life-threatening illnesses and coping with other life-altering circumstances. Sosa, 44-year-old Temple City, Calif. resident, exchanged vows with his bride in Pasadena.

The entire event -- from the groom's suit to the catered food -- was donated by Orange County and Los Angeles-area wedding vendors.

Sosa, who is on the waiting list for a liver transplant, told Mercury News that he was "in shock" that Wish Upon A Wedding decided to help him. "I was very touched, especially because I wouldn't be able to do it because of my sickness and my finances," he told the Silicon Valley newspaper.

Sosa and Tafoya first met in 2006 through a mutual friend.

It's not the first time a couple has refused to let a life-threatening illness stand in the way of their wedding.

In February, Texas bride Tiffany Nix wed her boyfriend of three years, Mark McCullers, in an Old Hollywood-themed wedding, despite her long battle with Islet Cell Hyperplasia, a condition that forced Nix to have multiple insulin shots a day, six surgeries in two years and even a pancreas transplant. Nix's happy groom told CBS DFW, "I'm happy that she's able to get the wedding she deserves."

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Filed by Jennifer Lai  |