Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding isn’t the only one to make history this month. Mark your calendars to witness the first wedding to take place at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute. Scheduled to be married are patient David “Dave” Leek and his fiancée Bobbie Godden.
Dave and Bobbie have been a couple for nearly 13 years and, until now, they’ve always seen marriage as a piece of paper, said Dave. “We’ve been through thick and thin. We’ve stuck together through everything,” he said. Having traveled from England to Jacksonville to receive proton therapy for a tumor that he has been dealing with for four years has given the couple a new perspective on getting married. “It’s like we’re closing one door. We’re starting a whole new chapter,” said Dave.
While it is the first wedding, the Institute has some experience with celebrating marriage. In October 2014 the Institute hosted a wedding vow renewal for patient Mark Kelso and his wife Kerry who celebrated their second anniversary while he was on treatment.