“She said YES!!!!” Lucas D’Onofrio wrote in a Facebook post after proposing to girlfriend Tamara Bruzzo.
Bruzzo, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in February, received the best surprise of all on the day of her last chemotherapy treatment in Boca Raton, Florida: a surprise proposal.
“It was something I knew would make her really happy at the end of everything,” D’Onfrio told ABC News.
D’Onofrio, 24, had nurses, friends and family help him set up a room at Boca Raton Regional Hospital complete with roses, candles and fireworks.
“I had about three months after I decided I wanted to propose on the day of her last chemo session,” he said. “Little by little I thought of ideas. She had no idea it was coming.”
What Lucas didn’t expect was the attention the video would receive.
“I just put it up on Facebook and YouTube for friends and family,” he said. “I was very surprised it got so much attention, but I think it made it even more special for Tamara.”
Bruzzo, 21, is being released from the hospital today and will receive a PET scan next week, which is when doctors hope to give her the all clear.
“I just wanted to do something nice and romantic for her last chemo session and I think it worked out really well.”