When doctors told 85-year-old Doris (who has stage 4 cancer) and her husband, 92-year-old Cosmo DeFazio, that they each had just months to live, they requested a trip to Daytona Beach in Florida with all four generations of their family.
Their granddaughter Angi took the news of their declining health really hard—she had always enjoyed a particularly close bond with her grandparents. “They lived across the street from us and I used to walk over there every morning before dawn and crawl into bed between them,” she told HuffPost. “I have such respect and admiration for my grandfather because of the sacrifices he made for our country during World War II and for our family.”
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With their time running out, Angi’s boyfriend Toby sprung into action. In a viral post on the Facebook page Love What Matters, Angi’s sister Sheri explained how Toby decided to speed up his plans and propose during the trip so that both Doris and Cosmo could see it happen. “Toby, being the thoughtful guy that he is decided to go ahead and put his plan into motion,” Sheri wrote. “He wouldn't be able to make a wedding happen in time, but he certainly could do the next best thing.....plan a surprise engagement on the beach, so they could be there to witness it.”
With some help from the rest of her family, Toby pulled it off, and asked Angi to marry him with her beloved grandparents looking on. “It brought them both to tears, which we had never seen before!” Sheri wrote. “They were so grateful to have had the opportunity to be a witness to the proposal, surrounded by their favorite people at their favorite place.”
According to HuffPost, Angi and Toby are planning a May 2018 wedding, and Angi remains hopeful that both of her grandparents will attend. “I do think there could be a miracle and my grandparents will live to see the day,” she told the website. “But Toby has made our proposal one of most special days of my life. He’s a keeper!”