A couple tied the knot this month at the Memphis hospital where they met as children undergoing cancer treatment.

They were once patients at St. Jude Children’s Research hospital in 1991. Now they’re all grown up and married, according to Inside Edition.

Lindsey Alsup, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when she was 10, says back then she found hope in a fellow patient: a boy named Joel. They both beat their cancers, although Joel lost his arm to the disease.

They would grow up to work at the hospital that brought them together.

“It was a perfect moment where all of these things came together,” Lindsey Alsup told WATN-TV. “We were able to see how life had led us down this path.”

In 1991, Joel was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and Lindsey was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

“Here I am at 10 thinking, ‘I’ve not made it to middle school, or high school, or college. And I have a life and a career and a family that I want to have.’ And I felt like cancer was stealing that from me,” she told WATN-TV.

Lindsey Wilkerson and Joel Alsup leave the Danny Thomas/ALSAC Pavilion at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital following their wedding. (Courtesy of St. Jude)

Fifteen years later, they met again, this time as employees of the very hospital that introduced them as children. Joel Alsup now works as a video producer for the American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities (ALSAC) at St. Jude’s. His wife serves as a liaison between ALSAC and the hospital, WATN-TV reported. Both found strength in each other, they said.

“Even though our active treatment is over, life as a survivor is different,” Joel Alsup told WATN-TV. “But I had this person who knew exactly what my daily life was like, who knew what fears I might have during the day and understands that.”

This is coincidence or fate?

Source: ABC News and Inside Edition


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