Leslie Rivera and Daniel Mendez were true high school sweethearts. They began dating last October, both only 16-years-old. In April, Leslie was diagnosed with a terminal form of Leukemia. She spent months in the hospital undergoing a number of aggressive treatments which caused multiple side effects including hair loss. Throughout the entire experience, Daniel never left her side.
Leslie was referred to the Make-A-Wish foundation and knew her one request was to marry her Daniel. She became somewhat obsessed with wedding shows, while in the hospital (My Fair Wedding and Unveiled to name two) and knowing she didn’t have much time, Make-A-Wish worked quickly. Before she knew it, Leslie was trying on wedding gowns with WE tv’s David Tutera. The couple was married on November 21 and Leslie is currently in hospice care surrounded by family, friends, and her new husband.
Take a look at these heartwarming photos of Leslie and Daniel’s story.