When Sarena Vilandre and her husband Tyler Vilandre, both 21, met in sixth grade, their connection was instant. I had the biggest crush on him, I would draw his name and put hearts all over it! “I didn’t know back then how much he would end up meaning to me in the future.
“So we began planning a wedding to happen in a few months, because I wasn’t sure how long I was going to have.” The couple got married on September 17 at Historic 512, a Dallas venue that donates all proceeds to Center for Transforming Lives, which breaks the cycle of poverty for women and children through safe housing.“Not Tyler, he’s stuck by my side when I’m my most vulnerable.And I can’t explain how much that means to me.” Sarena says she was first drawn to Tyler’s “romantic nature.” “He is sorta cheesy! “So, like, for Valentine’s Day in high school he gave me five surprises throughout the day, so each class I had something new waiting on my desk like chocolates or balloons.” And she says she knew from the beginning that he was going to be “the one.” “Oh yes, from the very start,” says Sarena.Don’t let me hold you back.’ Because that’s the last thing I would want. It is the month associated with Valentine's Day celebrations. Valentine being uttered before us in this season of love. The origin of this lovers day goes back as early as 270 A.
Sarena transitioned to hospice care in July 2016 and given anywhere from 3-to-12 months to live.