By Meredith Ganzman/Joe Cingrana
For bride Jamie Gehrlich the most important attendee at her Ohio wedding was her dog, 'Spike.'
His owners rescued the lovable canine from an illegal dogfighting ring and say the pit bull is a gentle giant, their guardian, and best bud. Even throughout her cancer diagnosis and hysterectomy, Spike was right there by Jamie's side.
Soon after Jamie’s illness, Spike was also diagnosed with cancer but he, like Jamie never gave up, and miraculously hung on to be a part of Jamie’s wedding.
Thankfully, Jamie and Spike have both been doing better.
In a blog post on Love What Matters, Jamie says "I can only hope the cancer stays at bay for as long as possible, although I know the day he goes I will be an absolute mess. I’m not one to show a lot of emotion but for this guy, it will be impossible to hold back. I know when his time finally comes and he is not there to meet me at the door anymore or lay by my side and comfort me, that my heart will break. He will forever have a piece of my heart."