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Lisa had a gown, a beauty made for her by Amparo Chavez of Santa Rosa’s Mariposa Seamstress shop.
Standing in triumph, holding my husband’s hand knowing that we have already conquered our biggest battle.But a mere two days after she’d been admitted, Lisa had simply slipped too far away.The conclusion that an exchange of vows was not possible seemed as devastating to the nurses and other of the wing’s staffers as to Lisa’s sister, Jennifer Raggio, and brother, Bradley Bencze, and the dozen or so other family members and friends encamped there.Her fiancé didn’t leave her side as she set off to consult with doctors as far away as San Diego and undertook aggressive therapies. As she fought for her life, Lisa held tightly her resolve to marry Matt.“I have a gorgeous diamond on my finger.Her father recalls “test after test, chemo treatments and a regimen of drugs that required a small travel case to tote the 30 bottles or more” of medications. She told Sweet of her illness and that she couldn’t be certain that she and Matt could marry on Sept. Remembers Sweet, “She said, ‘I don’t know if I’m going to be married on that date because I have to take care of this first.’”Sweet told Lisa, “No. That is your date.”The owner of the wedding venue then declared to the ailing bride-to-be that once she beat the cancer she and Matt would come there to Petaluma Hill Road and have “the best goddamn wedding, for free! Given to me by the world’s most perfect guy,” she posted to Facebook on March 1.“A true fairytale love,” she continued.