Local bride and groom receive unexpected wedding gift

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ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) -- A local bride and groom are receiving a wedding gift they could've never imagined after making an unlikely connection with local business owner Lori Eickhoff.

The Rockford native and owner of London Avenue Designs was diagnosed with endometrial cancer this year and is now officially in remission. But in the midst of her battle with cancer, she learned about someone else going through the same thing.

"I think it was kind of a meant to be situation even though I wouldn't pray this upon anyone," said Eickhoff.

One of the brides she was working with on their upcoming wedding had to reschedule her wedding date due to being diagnosed with the same type of cancer as Lori; as well as her fiancé having to undergo cancer treatment after being in remission for several years.

So Lori got the idea that she wanted to help the couple throw their wedding.

"I don’t know if it was the pain killers from after my surgery or what, but it hit me in that moment like, ‘this is a terrible situation but at the same time we have this opportunity to do something great for someone else’."

So Lori and her husband Matt decided to provide the flower and the videography for the wedding at no cost to the bride and groom.

"For two people to be going through chemo at the same time and planning a wedding and just not feeling great, I mean man, how could we not try to help."

To help cover costs, t-shirts are being sold at London Avenue until September with 100% of the proceeds going toward wedding expenses, and anything else raised beyond that goes toward the couples medical bills. Lori’s goal is to raise $5,000 to help them.

"When you try to do something good I feel like community is great about jumping on to that and wanting to help out to with whatever they have to give. You have the opportunity every day to wake up and do good, and I think for me personally it was a reminder that regardless of cancer, we all have the chance to do something good."