Young Mother with Terminal Cancer Receives Dream Wedding from California Hospital

California Mom with Terminal Cancer Receives Dream Wedding from Hospital
Andres Rendon and Sandra Orellana

07/20/2015 AT 05:50 PM EDT

Sandra Orellana and Andres Rendon of Santa Ana, California, had been saving up for their dream wedding when the 24-year-old woman was told she only had six months to live.

In August 2014, Orellana was in a car accident that left her with a serious spinal cord injury. While receiving treatment, doctors discovered that she had stomach cancer, ABC 7 reports.

When she didn't respond to chemotherapy, doctors determined that the cancer was at a much later stage than they originally thought and gave the young woman just six months to live.

Even with her diagnosis, Orellana was still holding on to her wish to marry her longtime love, Rendon, 29.

"After chemo stopped, she expressed that she really would like to get married," Angela Acevedo-Malouf, a nurse navigator at St. Joseph Hospital, tells PEOPLE. "When she said that, everybody got together in the cancer center and started planning the wedding because that was her last wish."

For two weeks, the doctors, nurses and staff at St. Joseph Hospital reached out to the community for donations to give the young couple their dream wedding.

"She was so excited it was almost like she forgot about her illness just thinking about the day of her wedding," Acevedo-Malouf says.

The ceremony took place at the hospital on July 10. The couple's young daughters, Karen, 4, and Rachel, 2, served as flower girls.



"[This wedding is] one of her dreams and I know as well that it’s the best for my two little nieces. Those two little girls, they’re going to remember this," Jonathan Orellana, the bride’s brother, said.

After the ceremony, the entire family went on a "honeymoon" to Disneyland – compliments of the Dream Foundation.

"I'm happy, very happy – my dream came true," Orellana told CBS Los Angeles.

Orellana died on Saturday, July 19 – just one week after she married her longtime love.

"We were glad and honored that she allowed us to be in her journey," says Acevedo-Malouf. "Knowing that she wasn’t going to be around for long, we thought it was important that the kids would have those moments and pictures and videos of their mom that they can share later on."
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