After 28 years together, this couple married in the Mercy Hospital chapel when he was told he was dying of cancer

Jason Spencer and Jodi Wilber
Jason Spencer and Jodi Wilber in their house in Anoka, Minn., several years ago, before his cancer diagnosis.

[Washington Post, March 05, 2019] Late on Feb. 22, doctors told Jason Spencer his health was declining so rapidly, he might not live through the night. Spencer, 46, had been battling Stage 4 colon cancer for two years. It had spread to his liver, lungs, kidney and spine, but now, doctors said, the cancer had reached his brain.

From his hospital bed, Spencer told the doctors he wanted only one thing, and he knew he had to move quickly. “Please, just let me marry my sweetheart,” he recalled saying. Spencer was referring to his partner of 28 years, Jodi Wilber. The pair met in 1990 as teenagers at a summer festival in Minnesota.

Now, as Spencer faced his own mortality, he wanted to make their union official. They asked the hospital staff if they could use the on-site chapel. It was just downstairs in the hospital where Spencer was being treated, Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minn. Read the full story online at

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