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Karissa Sanchez

Karissa Sanchez was diagnosed with breast cancer just a few months after getting engaged in 2020. The save the dates had been sent, the venue was booked, but unfortunately, the planning came to an abrupt halt when she received a devastating diagnosis two months after celebrating her 30th birthday. Instead of picking out honeymoon destinations, she scheduled chemotherapy treatments, planned for surgery, and took one day at a time. The COVID-19 pandemic meant Karissa attended many appointments and treatments by herself but she quickly became close friends with the staff and nurses at Mission Hope Cancer Center. Karissa never felt alone because she knew the friendly faces waiting for her were eager to hear of the revised wedding plans. She also looked forward to the virtual support group hosted by Mission Hope Cancer Center to connect with others undergoing breast cancer treatment. Karissa is on the road to recovery and feels forever indebted to the service, kindness and support she received at Mission Hope Cancer Center. Karissa recently said yes to the dress and is planning her dream wedding in Maui this fall.