Couple moves up wedding ahead of leukemia treatment
James Lauricella, 37, and Kimberly Mikucki, 41, of Holtsville, were married on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 at the Stony Brook University Hospital's chapel. Their Dec. 6 ceremony was canceled so the couple could marry before the groom undergoes a series of treatments for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
The fast-growing white blood cell cancer was detected after Lauricella took his medical exam in late July to re-enter the volunteer fire department.
Family and friends, and the five nurses and social worker who planned everything, attended the ceremony and a small reception held at a patient's lounge. Villa Lombardi's of Holbrook, where the couple expected to wed, donated food and refreshments; a two-tier wedding cake was provided by Reinwald's Bakery of Huntington. Costco and Party City donated paper goods and decorations. John Vop and June Eysel of the Blues to Blackstreet band played for free.