This is a real story about ALS, and it doesn’t involve a bucket of ice water. It’s more of a story of in sickness and in health.
When Adam met Hollie in November 2009, Adam was getting treated for Lyme disease and Hollie was his nurse. For a year, the two met at his doctor’s office for treatments that lasted three hours a day, two to three times a week. As you can imagine, during that time, people get to know each other quite well.
They talked about Hollie’s recent divorce, their love lives, and Adam’s father who had ALS. Eventually the two started dating, and it was discovered that Adam did not have Lyme disease, instead, he was diagnosed with ALS.
When he received his diagnosis, he told Hollie, “I want my last days seeing your face, kissing your lips, sleeping by your side. I understand if you don’t want this burden on you. But if you want me, I want to marry you.” And without hesitation, she said yes.
In spring 2012, the two were wed at Walnut Grove At Tierra Rejada Ranch in Moorpark, California.
One of Hollie’s favorite memories from the ceremony was the sand ceremony, where the two poured two different colors of sand into a container to symbolize their union.