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A very special wedding

Miranda Olivera served as maid of honor and bridesmaid at her parent's wedding. Photo courtesy of ABC News.

Miranda Olivera served as maid of honor and bridesmaid at her parent’s wedding. Photo courtesy of ABC News Radio.

Cheers to ABC News Radio for this article about Seattle Children’s Hospital social workers who rushed to arrange the wedding of parents of a little girl who is gravely ill with leukemia.

Saul and Alejandra Olivera had put off getting married while their daughter Miranda, 9, underwent cancer treatment. The leukemia went into remission but returned and Alejandra decided to donate bone marrow to save her child.

But the Oliveras decided to get married before the treatment so Miranda could take part in the ceremony. Social workers helped arrange the affair and transportation to the courthouse so Miranda could participate.

“Our role as social workers are not clearly defined in a box,” said Ashlei Brooks, one of the social workers who planned the wedding and arranged donations. “They’ve had a lot of trauma here in the hospital and the last thing we wanted was to have this joining of their lives to commence…here.”

Social workers help people from all walks of life overcome life’s challenges. To learn more visit the National Association of Social Workers’ “Help Starts Here” consumer website.

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