Oncology patient marries the love of his life in AAMC’s Healing Garden

Oncology patient marries the love of his life in AAMC’s Healing Garden

On a sunny November afternoon in AAMC’s Healing Garden, there were smiles and there were tears as Michael and Kelly Zanchuck became man and wife.

Michael is battling cancer. During his most recent admission to the Oncology Unit, he and Kelly decided they wanted to be married. AAMC staff, including Oncology, Radiation Oncology and Spiritual Care, worked together to make this special day happen.

On November 4, 2015, Michael and Kelly committed themselves to one another in an emotional ceremony. Family, friends and AAMC staff surrounded the couple as they exchanged vows. The beautiful flower girl was the couple’s 3 year-old daughter, Kinley, who was baptized just before the wedding ceremony.

“The thing that stood out to me most was Michael’s grin of pure happiness after the ceremony,” said Michael’s primary nurse, Rachel Lutz, RN. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone that happy in my life.”

After the ceremony, the happy couple, wedding guests and AAMC staff celebrated together in a conference room the families had decorated with flowers and balloons.

We at AAMC are so honored to have been a part of this special day. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Zanchuck, from your AAMC family. -Rachel Lutz, RN


  1. Posted by Monica Mewshaw, at Reply

    Congratulation to the beautiful couple and their precious daughter.

  2. Posted by lynn Dorsey, at Reply

    Beautiful story!

  3. Posted by Jessalyn Barbour, at Reply

    Beautiful! I am blessed to work with such amazing people here at AAMC!

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