One in two of us will develop cancer at some point in our lives.
For the fortunate ones we will have to watch a loved one battle with the terrible disease.
Cancer survivor Tamara Bruzzo entered hospital last week for her final round of chemotherapy.
Her high school sweetheart Lucas D’Onofrio was of course happy that his girlfriend was coming to the end of the gruelling treatment.
Lucas, 24, who has been with Tamara for six years, surprised his love with an engagement proposal right in her room at Florida’s Boca Raton Regional Hospital.
A friend captured the beautiful moment on video, while another family friend, professional photographer Gio Morales, snapped beautiful photos of the emotional engagement.
“After the whole situation happened, around her second chemo session it hit me out of nowhere like an epiphany that it would be really great to propose to her on her last chemo session,” Lucas told TODAY.com.
“I felt like it would mark the end of everything we have gone through together with the cancer and turn the page to a new part of our lives.”
“She said she had a hint as soon as I started talking. I was super nervous and choking on my words and had to hold back tears, but she was very surprised and had no idea. It was perfect.”
Family, friends and hospital staff helped make Tamara’s proposal perfect. Together they turned her hospital room into a Hollywood-themed haven.
Lucas and a group of around 30 people filled the room full with 100 candles, 100 bouquets of roses and 60 balloons.
Others distracted Tamara outside so they could transform the room.
“Friday was going to be a Hawaiian theme, but he and my mom convinced me to do Hollywood night,” Lucas laughed.
“I fought with them for a while, but now I see why they wanted to do it.”
The couple first met when they were students together at Spanish River Community High School in Boca Raton.
Sadly on Feb. 17, Lucas’s birthday, Tamara was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
She was just 21 years old.
“To hear the doctor confirm that, it was very heartbreaking and soul-crushing,” Lucas said. “There was nothing I could do, and that was the worst part.”
“I tried to keep it positive the entire time, and it did bring us a lot closer together. It really showed our husband-and-wife qualities.”
“We’ve had some ups and downs like every relationship does, but this was one of the toughest things to go through,” Tamara said.
“I went through so many changes in such a short period of time, but he didn’t let that affect us.”
When Tamara’s hair began falling out after chemo, Lucas shaved his head to in an act of solidarity.
“I wanted to show her that I was with her all the way,” he said.
Now that her chemotherapy is finished, Tamara can now turn her attention to setting a wedding date and planning her big day.
“I just felt so special and so much support from my family and friends,” she said.
“Everybody who has seen me has been like, ‘When is your wedding?’ It’s just been an amazing time.”