A veteran Marine who faces tough challenges ahead with a rare form of cancer was married Saturday in Omaha.
“It’s something I never would have dreamed of,” said Scott Brown. He and bride Evelyn Pano got hitched in the chapel of a place where their love has been tested, Omaha’s VA Hospital at 41st and Woolworth.
Brown, a former Marine, has called the hospital his second home since being diagnosed with bone cancer two years ago. “They went over and beyond, they're just amazing,” said Evelyn. “We couldn't have asked for anything more beautiful. It’s just, speechless.”
Everything from the wedding dress, the flowers and the reception was put together and paid for by their VA family. They took care of everything except the ring and marriage certificate. “It was way more exciting than I could have ever imagined,” said Scott. “I don't know how they got it done. We're grateful. To have planned all this, those nurses and the staff, they did amazing.”
Scott and Evelyn said "I do" in front of family and friends and in a symbolic gestures of both families joining as one, filled containers of different colored sand.
The couple is used to challenges and they know another is just around the corner. Scott will be starting several more months of chemotherapy soon.
The staff told Channel 6 News the $1,000 wedding involved many volunteers. The VA said almost everything had been donated.
The couple thanked their VA family. Their wedding was a perfect day for everyone. “I'm very grateful that they did everything that they did and there's no way to ever thank them.”
Scott and Evelyn have a total of eight children together, so they're not sure if they'll take a honeymoon right away, but they hope to travel once Scott is able to.