When Paige and Juan Sanchez decided to renew their vows and host a formal wedding on October 7, 2017, they opted to do something special in lieu of receiving gifts. They included this poem (written by Paige) in their wedding invitation:
Since this marriage is not brand new, we already have a thing or two.
We’re in no need of pots or pans, we just want to lend a helping hand.
We picked an organization close to our heart, in hopes that your donation will give the cure a start.
Your company on our big day is the best gift of all, and each donation makes a difference, big or small.
Paige’s mother, Jennifer Brink, has ATTR amyloidosis. This is a rare, hereditary disease that has affected many members of her family. The TTR amyloid protein is mainly manufactured in the liver. Jennifer had a liver transplant early in 2017 and wasn’t sure if she would be able to attend the wedding. We are thankful to say she was there to celebrate this happy occasion with her daughter and extended family, as seen in these beautiful photos.
The Amyloidosis Foundation awards research grants annually to those who target the challenges in the field of amyloidosis. In total, Paige and Juan raised over $1,500 for the Amyloidosis Foundation Research Program. We are grateful for their generosity and support, and wish them a lifetime of happiness.