Wedding Bells Ring at Stony Brook University Hospital
37-year-old James Lauricella and 41-year-old Kimberly Mikucki of Holtsville, NY said their marriage vows Saturday, August 16, in the Chapel at Stony Brook University Hospital.
The couple recently canceled their wedding, which was planned for December 6 at Villa Lomdardi’s in Holbrook, after James was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia or ALL. At the end of July, James went for a medical physical to re-enter the volunteer fire department. But routine blood work showed there was something off. Doctors urged James to head straight to Stony Brook.
After almost two weeks in the hospital, the couple changed their plans with the help of a few nurses and a social worker on the Oncology Bone Marrow Unit, and the wedding was back on. They said ‘I Do’ in the Chapel at Stony Brook University Hospital in front of their family and friends, nurses and medical staff.
Though earlier than they planned, the couple was excited to be ‘taking the plunge’. And to make it as close to a wedding reception as possible, Villa Lomdardi’s donated food and refreshments, Reinwald’s Bakery of Huntington provided the wedding cake, while Costco of Holbrook provided all the paper goods. Party City donated decorations and music was provided by John Vop and June Eysel of ‘Blues to Blackstreet’. The reception took place in the visitor lounge on the Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant Unit on the 19th floor of the hospital.
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), also called acute lymphocytic leukemia or acute lymphoid leukemia, is a fast-growing cancer of a type of white blood cells called lymphocytes. Normal lymphocytes help your body fight infections. In ALL, the lymphocytes are cancerous and don't fight infections very well. These cancerous cells (or leukemic blasts) grow quickly and crowd out the bone marrow, preventing it from making the normal red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets that your body needs.
About 6,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with ALL each year. It is the most common type of leukemia in children under age 15. However, it can affect people of any age. The cause of ALL is unknown.
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