Kidney patient and kidney donor get dream wedding package from Antipolo City
A couple with an extraordinary love story will get their dream wedding courtesy of Antipolo City.
The winner of the city government’s contest is kidney patient Karen Sarsale and her partner Ramil Felipe Jr., who will donate his kidney to her.
Antipolo City Mayor Andrea Ynares shared the moving story of the couple, who will get married before Karen’s transplant.
Ynares said Karen has stage 5 chronic kidney disease, and a transplant is the only solution to her condition.
Thankfully, Ramil was a match for her and would be the kidney donor.
But before the transplant, they hoped to get married.
They joined the city government’s contest because they could not afford the wedding with all their medical expenses as well as the expenses for their child.
The city government has granted the couple’s wish and they would receive a wedding package worth P185,000.
The package includes catering and styling for 60 people, coordination and hosting, photo and video coverage, sounds and lights system, hair and makeup for the bride and groom, and use of the garden and glass hall for five hours.
“Personal nating inihandog ang regalong DREAM WEDDING PACKAGE sa kanilang dalawa. Matapos madinig ang kanilang storya sa buhay, pipilitin nating stress-free ang kanilang kasal kaya sinagot na din natin pati ang wedding gown at wedding rings,” Ynares said.
She and her husband Jun would also stand as ninong and ninang during the wedding.
The city government also help Karen with her medical expenses, she said.
“Aalalayan at tutulungan natin si Karen sa kanyang pangangailangang medikal. Tapos na tayo sa bloodtyping/matching ni karen, at nadala na siya sa NKTI para sa dialysis. Kasalukuyan tayong nakaantabay sa mga susunod na instruction ng kanyang mga doktor,” the mayor said.
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