BY RHONDA BASSAT RIVERA
On Saturday, June 26, 2010, bride and cancer patient Tina Tinervia, 33, wed Paul Velez, 34, surrounded by family, friends and kind strangers. All of the professional service providers who are members of the New Jersey branch of the Association of Bridal Consultants ("NJ-ABC") donated their time and/or services to make the newly-minted Velezes' day truly unforgettable.
"I think everything was superb," gushed Jennifer Zeimetz, Tina's sister. "I couldn't have imagined a more beautiful and special event for my sister."
Tina was first diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2006. Just two years after she beat it, she was rediagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in September 2008. In late January 2010, a PET Scan showed that the cancer in Tina's organs (liver, lungs, chest nodules) had shrunk. Unfortunately, the cancer in her bones has spread.
Less than a handful of the wedding vendors knew that Tina was in the hospital the day before her wedding. Luckily, she was released Friday night, and her wedding day was a dream come true. Smiling after the ceremony was finished, Tina said: "We didn't know if it was going to happen. I am relieved and happy. Everyone was just so generous."