Love illuminates in Buckingham...and for all eternity
We met Buckingham residents, Jason and Marissa Chmell and learned of his battle with cancer in a two part story.
To read Part I, click HERE
To read Part II, click HERE
...their story continues
As sun rays began to dance across the dreary sky last Friday morning, one Bucks County couple’s love also cut through “the grey.”
Buckingham residents Jason and Marissa Chmel celebrated their eighth wedding anniversary by renewing their vows on Friday, Sept. 13, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Buckingham.
The celebration of love featured a Mass and blessing by the Rev. Msgr. Joseph Gentili. Marissa also publicly reaffirmed her love for Jason, who is battling glioblastoma multiforme, the most common and most aggressive form of brain cancer, which is symbolized by the color grey.
Marissa wore a long green dress for the intimate affair; Jason donned khaki pants and a navy button-down shirt.
The couple were joined by their eldest son, 6-year-old Emilio, and a group of family and friends who have been an anchor for the Chmels during a very stormy year.
“Friends who have been holding me up and the support of people – that’s what keeps you going ... that you don’t feel alone,” said Jason’s mother, Joyce Ruisi Chmel, whose husband lost his battle against cancer days after his son’s first brain surgery.
Lauren McLelland, a bridesmaid at the couple’s wedding eight years earlier, also attended the renewal ceremony.
“I just feel grateful that I could make it. I’m honored to be here to witness such an amazing day,” said the Point Pleasant, N.J., resident. “I’m happy that Jason has someone like Marissa and that she has someone like Jason.”
In a year’s span, Jason’s had three craniotomies, radiation treatment and is on his third round of chemotherapy. Jason’s battle against brain cancer has affected his personality and severely diminished his ability to express emotion.
“As painful as this last year has been, I would do it all over again,” Marissa said to her husband. “I would do it all over again.
“As everyone sits here in witness, I just want to say I love you, through sickness and in health and through good and bad times. Cancer may take you away from me but our love is eternal, and that is something it can’t steal from us.”
To support the Chmels or follow Jason’s battle against brain cancer, visit youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/jason-s-battle/71435.
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