Cancer Strikes 4 Times Before Bride Gets Wedding Dress


Bridals By Lori Gives Dress to Cancer Survivor

Range and Lonzie had hoped to renew their marriage vows this year, marking their 25th anniversary with their children at their side, but cancer stood in the way.

"When the chemo came up, we couldn't do it financially," she said. "It was going to have to wait."

But when Bridal's By Lori sought a breast cancer survivor for its TLC special, Range's husband, 45, who is a minister and also works for the U.S. Postal Service, responded. He wrote a letter to the Komen foundation explaining their story.

Allen had been there herself. "My whole family rallied around me," she said. "They were just as shocked as I was over the diagnosis."

Allen underwent a double mastectomy, but was spared further treatment.

"Doctors don't grab you by the hand and say, 'Do this' -- I had to figure it out my own path," said Allen, whose prognosis is now bright.

Helping others has "given me new meaning in my life," she said. "I have taken something that was really negative and turned it into a positive."

As for Range, she has continued to be active with the Komen foundation and has recently endured three straight weeks of chemotherapy -- so she can take time off from treatment to participate in its upcoming 60-mile, three-day walk for breast cancer awareness.

She hopes to get back to her work as a personal trainer soon.

But as the mother of two adult children and three grandchildren, Range is determined to be there for her family and is hopeful about her future.

"I am good, I am actually doing O.K.," she said. "I have my support system and it helps."

They only have one big worry now -- who will officiate their vows ceremony, scheduled for June 2013?

"My husband is a minister," she said. And so are her brother, father and father-in-law.

"I am going to have a problem picking," said Range. "I was estranged from my dad until 2001 and found him again. It's between my father and my father-in-law. I don't know."

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