Test results told Larry Rose why he was having trouble breathing: Lung cancer, stage 4. His heart told him what to do next: Marry the woman he has shared his life with for the better part of a decade. With a marriage license secured and the mandatory 72-hour wait just expired, Rose and Sheila Edwards tied the knot in a rare and unconventional ceremony in the CV Progressive Care Unit at JPS on Monday night.
"I didn't want to take a chance not marrying this beautiful "oman,” said Rose, 50, as he and Edwards prepared.
Previously unaware of their patient’s plan, team members on P4 hustled, transforming a utility cart into an altar and conjuring up flowers and cake. An S.O.S. call to Celia Krazit, director of Nutritional Services, caused punch to appear as guests arrived — 45 guests, including every member of the Rose and Edwards families.
"It's just what you do," said Nancy Radtke, clinical manager on P4. "You just can't let something like this pass by."
The groom said he doesn’t plan to let things slip by, either, in whatever time his health allows him. "We’re gonna fight this," said Rose, who with Edwards is raising three of his 17 grandchildren. "We're gonna take it one day at a time. And we will do it as husband and wife."
The Rev. Joshua Price came from Celebration Worship Center in Irving to perform the ceremony at the request of a church member and Rose family member. "This is an awesome thing that JPS has done," he said, gazing on as Rose's grandchildren clamored around him for a hug.