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This Powerful Love Story About Two High School Sweethearts Will Move You To Tears

With a few months left to live, Leslie had only one wish: to marry Daniel.

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This is Daniel Mendez, Leslie's boyfriend. They met while working together for an anti-racism group at their high school, and have been dating since last October.

When 17-year-old Leslie was referred to Make-A-Wish, it took no time for her to decide on a wish: to marry Daniel, her companion and best friend.

Through Make-A-Wish, David Tutera was brought on board to make Leslie's wish come true. After days of preparation, David surprised Leslie by personally showing up at her dress fitting.

"[Leslie] spent the day before the wedding in the hospital getting transfusions," Sarah said. "Yesterday showed the true 'power of a wish,' as we call it."

"Watching Leslie absolutely radiate in front of her guests, greeting people with a smile, staring so lovingly at her new husband as they toasted the crowd — you would have never known the challenges she is going through."

"And watching Daniel care for her, assisting her walking, holding her hands during the vows — there is no question these two are meant to be together."

"That's the goal of Make-A-Wish," Sarah said, "to give kids a chance to fulfill their truest wish... And to give their families a chance to focus on something other than doctors, hospitals and needles."

"Leslie, Daniel and their families had time to celebrate, laugh, and dance — something that really hasn't been in the plans for the last several months."

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