A woman battling breast cancer thrust her arms over her head in both triumph and in pure joy upon marrying the love of her life just hours before her death.
Bridesmaid Christina Karas managed to capture the moment just after Heather and David Mosher said “I do” and the image has since gone viral.
“She’s getting to shout from the rooftops that she loves Dave and is able to say I’m his wife,” Karas told WFSB.
The couple, who first met during swing dance class in 2015, tied the knot at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, just a few days before Christmas, according to the news station. Just 18 hours later, the newly-wed succumbed to her illness.
“It reminds me of someone who is crossing the finish line of a marathon or something,” David Mosher said of the photo.
David on Dec. 23, 2015, planned on proposing to his love, but before he could Lindsay was handed a surprising diagnosis — a lump in her breast doctors had previously dismissed was cancerous.
Heather and David exchange vows on Dec. 23.
(Christina Lee Photography)
But David proposed anyway, horse-drawn carriages and all.
Over the next year, Karas helped her pal plan the wedding of her dreams despite the triple negative breast cancer diagnosis.
“She was so hopeful,” Karas told NBC New York. “The way we would talk about it, you alway kind felt this isn’t it.”
Heather admitted to Karas she feared not living until her big day and when her health took a turn, friends, family and doctors were quick to act.
They pushed up the wedding originally scheduled for Dec. 30 and intended to just lay the wedding dress across Heather, who they feared was too weak to put it on.
Heather Mosher (r.) and David Mosher in a photo posted to Facebook on Oct. 10, 2016.
But Heather made it into her gown and to the hospital’s chapel where she exchanged vows with Dave in front of her family and friends.
“That moment right there was like, ‘Death, I’m not afraid of you!’ I am so in love and I am going to celebrate that love right now,” Karas recalled.
Her picture of the moment has since been viewed and shared thousands of times across social media.
“She was gorgeous and she just felt like home to me,” David told the news station.
“I saw her sick. I saw her in a lot of pain and she didn’t give up until she married me. It is so humbling that someone could love me like that.”