Las Vegas couple overcome distance, COVID-19 and health issues to celebrate wedding day
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – It took more than distance, COVID-19 and a terminal illness to stop Jason and Amanda Hare from regaining their happiness forever.
The Las Vegas couple tied the knot in Arizona on September 19, making matters official as Amanda battles cystic fibrosis in a condition far from her husband. She has to live in the Phoenix area for treatment while waiting for a lung transplant that could give her many more years of life.
“We just decided to do it here in Arizona while she’s on the roster,” Jason said.
The couple met on a Facebook group of Las Vegas residents. They’ve been together for just over a year, according to Jason. They got engaged in January 2020 and had originally planned to tie the knot in November in Vegas.
“But with the COVID stuff going on, we obviously canceled that,” Jason said.
Seeking to get married as soon as possible, they reached out to Gayene Melikyan, wedding officiant and owner of Weddings in Las Vegas, on Facebook. Melikyan was deeply touched by their situation.
“She (Amanda) said, ‘If something happens to me, I want it to have a memory,’” said Melikyan. “And he wanted to give her the opportunity to feel like a bride.”
Jason took Gayene to Arizona to celebrate their wedding. They got married in a small ceremony in a park with a small crowd of attendees, then set off on Jason’s motorcycle.
About a week later, Amanda announced on her blog that she is now officially on the Lung Transplant List. While she waits for the news that could save lives in Arizona, Jason visits her on weekends from Las Vegas.
“I think that’s the type of love that I always celebrate, I always preach,” Melikyan said. “It calls for a real party. Of all the world, this is one of the couples who deserve a happy forever. “
It’s such a deep love that Jason wrote a song for Amanda that was performed during their wedding. This is the song played in the video for this article.
To help Amanda cover her medical expenses while waiting for her transplant, she created a blog with the Children’s Organ Transplant Association which can be found HERE.