Denver woman arranges Palisade wedding for breast cancer survivor

Denver photographer and cancer survivor Cheryl Ungar, left, takes engagement photos of fellow cancer survivor Erin Price and her fiance Ben Schabert, both of Alexandria, Vir., at the Wine Country Inn. The couple have been awarded The Wedding Pink, a dream destination wedding giveaway by Ungar’s foundation Cheryl Ungar Gives. The couple will be married in Palisade on May 5, 2013. This is the third The Wedding Pink to given to an engaged couple whose lives have been recently touched by breast cancer. TO GO WITH STORY BY RICHIE

Shades of pink often accompany the sunsets that shine over evening weddings at the Wine Country Inn in Palisade.

For one bride, that color will shine for her as a reminder that she survived for this day.

She fought breast cancer with courage and hope in order to fulfill a commitment to her fiance to be his wife through the good times and the bad for the rest of her life.

Cancer may have postponed this day, but it will not take away the happiness or the beauty of the bride as she walks down the aisle.

That day is coming soon for Erin Price and Ben Schabert of Alexandria, Va., who were selected as the recipients of this year’s The Wedding Pink, an annual wedding giveaway package created by 21-year breast cancer survivor, Cheryl Ungar of Denver.

Ungar, a professional photographer, founded Cheryl Ungar Gives, a nonprofit organization that has funded The Wedding Pink for three years as a way to give something special to young breast cancer survivors.

“It just feels so great to give this gift to someone once a year,” Ungar said.

For the past three years, Ungar has selected a different Colorado city to host the wedding. Previous weddings took place in Beaver Creek and Denver.

The happy couple, never having been to Colorado before, got their first glimpse of Palisade last month as they started the wedding planning process with local vendors.

“We both absolutely just fell in love with it,” Price said. “It is better than we ever could have expected.”

Price said her friends and family, who will travel from across the nation to attend the event, will love it.

“I just kept thinking about the party and how very special it is going to be,” she said.

Most of the $30,000 wedding is donated to the couple from local businesses such as Abracadabra/Monique’s Bridal, who gave Price the perfect wedding dress, while Schabert selected tuxedos at Men’s Warehouse in Mesa ºMall.

“Everyone was going out of their way to be nice and it made me feel very special,” Price said.

Price was diagnosed with breast cancer at 27 years old. She underwent neoadjuvent chemotherapy, losing her hair and suffering from depression. That was followed by a mastectomy with implant reconstruction.

“I told myself that I would not let cancer take something from me, but that I would take something from it. I’ve tried to live up to this promise over the last two years,” Price said.

She changed her career and went to work for a nonprofit organization that provides help for adults living with cancer.

Throughout it all, Price said her fiance was her rock.  “All throughout the many ups and downs of the past two years, Ben has been my constant source of strength and support,” she said.

These stories of love and support are what inspired Ungar to start her nonprofit and create The Wedding Pink for young breast cancer survivors.

“Launching The Wedding Pink has been one of the most amazing journeys of my life; words cannot describe the feelings I get from organizing these events. Every wedding is as much a gift to me as it is a gift to the couple,” Ungar said.

She thanks the many local vendors and the Wine Country Inn for helping make Price’s dream wedding come true.

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