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Lymphoma Survivor Transforms Wedding into Research Fundraiser

About the couple and diagnosis

About the couple and diagnosis

AJ and Michelle Manas first met each other three years ago in the bustling city in Chicago. AJ eventually was forced to move back to California, where the couple continued to maintain a long-distance relationship. Only six months after their first meeting, AJ received a terrible diagnosis. His doctors told him that he had non-Hodgkin B-Cell lymphoma, one of the more aggressive and harder to treat subtypes of the disease.

Upon receiving the news, AJ called Michelle to get her up to speed. AJ assumed that Michelle would probably wish to leave upon hearing the news, but her actions would forever surprise him. Not only did she refuse to leave him, she dropped everything and moved to California just to be by his side.