Teen with cancer marries high school sweetheart at hospital — with thousands watching

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TULSA, Okla. — Swift Myers isn’t sure how much time he has left to live, but he knows he wants to spend it with the love of his life.

On Sunday, Myers, 18, and Abbi Ruicker, 18, exchanged vows on the first floor of the Saint Francis Children’s Hospital in Tulsa, according to the Sand Springs Leader. It was live streamed on Facebook and has been viewed more than 80,000 times as of Wednesday afternoon.

The couple met at Charles Page High School in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, and have been dating for almost two years.

Myers has been battling Ewing’s sarcoma, a type of bone cancer, off and on for seven years.

He had joked about marrying Abbi before, but when the cancer came back recently, he got serious about the idea of marriage.

“When he proposed, I totally thought he was joking, but I realized he wasn’t when he told me to get my dad on the phone to ask his permission,” Abbi told Today. “My dad responded, saying, ‘There would be no greater privilege than to have him as a son-in-law.'”

As soon as the nurses at the hospital heard there was going to be a wedding, they jumped into action.

Mandy Beam, a nurse of pediatric intensive care, called all of her friends and they helped decorate the lobby, the Sand Springs Leader reported.

All of the groomsmen and bridesmaids were friends from the couple’s youth.

Swift’s history teacher Kendra Roulet covered the cost of the couple’s rings and gave them to them as their first wedding present.

“Last week, we thought it was pretty close to the end, but the wedding filled him with such a sense of peace and joy that he’s moving around and talking,” Roulet told Today. “So we still have hope.”

“It’s an honor to be in any wedding, but there was something special about this one,” groomsman Paige McCracken told the Sand Springs Leader.