And they all lived happily ever after

Disney couldn’t have done a better job in creating the perfect fairy tale wedding for Meghan Kinney and John Avrett.

In July of last year we introduced you to 22 year old Meghan. She struck all of us with her courage and optimism as she battled the bone cancer that ended her plans to compete on the 2012 Olympic synchronized swimming team.

Our surgeons were able to save Meghan’s leg by removing the tumor – along with her knee joint, part of her thigh bone and lower leg bones. Everything that was removed was replaced with an artificial joint and Meghan began several months of rehabilitation to regain movement and chemotherapy to prevent the cancer from reoccurring in her body. We were happy to be with Meghan when she returned to the pool for the first time with her previous team mates.

Throughout this trying experience Meghan was never alone – her boyfriend, Air Force 2nd Lieutenant, John Avrett was always by her side and in September he popped the question! Of course, Meghan accepted and they began planning a small family wedding. But the best was yet to come. Out of 210 couples across the U.S., Meghan and John were selected as the winners of the Salute to Love contest on November 11th and won their dream wedding in Outer Banks, N.C. all compliments of (part Operation Homefront, a military agency that provides financial and other support to service members and their families).

Well, Saturday was the big day and it went off without a hitch. The bride and groom were glowing, the wedding was breathtaking and the weather was perfect. What more could we wish for a couple that has been through so much. It’s wonderful when dreams come true for such special people.

So get your week started with a smile and join me in wishing Megan and John every joy as they begin their new lives together.

Donna Teach
Donna Teach is Chief Marketing & Communication Officer at Nationwide Children's. Her job is to help the hospital feel "connected" – Connected to each other, connected to our patients and their families, referring physicians, the community and the world.

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