Newlyweds in need receive gift from anonymous donor

Newlyweds Ashley and Aric Mercado of Harrisburg tied the knot in an impromptu wedding at Penn State Hershey Medical Center on New Year’s Eve. They had waited six years to get married, constantly forced to postpone their wedding because of health battles.

Aric has Leukemia and on December 26, doctors only gave him a 10% chance. That pushed the couple to plan the wedding and days later, they were married.

Abc27 was there as the two tied the knot, joined by their young daughters, Alani and Kylie, who had a very important role in the wedding. Not only were they flower girls, they also made the rings by hand from rubber bands.

The Mercado’s say money is tight because of the medical expenses and while Aric wanted to buy Ashley a proper ring, they just couldn’t afford it.

After our story aired, an anonymous donor contacted abc27, asking to give the couple a gift. On Thursday, the donor met with Ashley, giving her a women’s diamond ring and two wedding bands. The two quickly formed a bond and Ashley says they will always remain friends.

Unknown to the donor, the gift couldn’t have come at a better time. Aric was sent home Wednesday to rest and enjoy time with his family, doctors say he has 18% Leukemia cells in his blood.

Now that Aric is home, Ashley is doing her best to make sure he can rest comfortably. Right now her main concern is paying for oil to heat the home while paying their medical bills and other expenses.

If you’d like to donate to the Mercado family, click here. You can also mail a check to Aric’s former employer, Sutliff Volkswagen, the address is 1301 Paxton Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104.

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