Lucas D’Onofrio surprised up his girlfriend at her house one night with a freshly bald head. He wanted to support the love of his life in her battle with cancer. Tamara’s hair had been falling out because of chemotherapy treatments but that night, she might have been the happiest person forced to shave her head — she had her high school sweetheart by her side.
“It made me feel good,” Tamara Bruzzo told USA Today. “When I saw him bald, I was like, all right let’s do this. I didn’t cry when (a friend) shaved my head. I was the happiest person alive.”
Lucas had another surprise up his sleeve, or in his pocket, but had to wait for the perfect moment. He knew it would come soon.
Tamara, 21, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on February 24, 2015 — Lucas’s birthday.
The couple was devastated, but optimistic.
Tamara had to undergo six 96-hour, grueling infusion sessions in the course of three months. Lucas never left her side. When her hair started falling out, he was the first to shave his head. The trying time brought the high school sweethearts of six years even closer.
By the end of the three months, Lucas knew it was time for the big surprise.
On the day of her last chemotherapy session at Boca Raton Regional Hospital in Florida, Lucas arranged for the big surprise.
With the help of friends, family, and nurses, he decked out her hospital room with a bouquet of 100 roses, 100 candles, and 60 balloons. When Tamara walked in, he presented her with a bouquet of red roses, got down on one knee, and asked her to marry him. Tamara burst into tears and said yes.
It was the moment he had been waiting for years.
“She said YES!!!! I finally proposed to the woman of my dreams and she said yes,” he happily announced on Facebook.
“This was my high school sweet heart and I couldn’t be happier to have proposed on her last chemo session to end the chapter of cancer on her life and open a new chapter with the both of us together,” he wrote.
“Thank you for being the most amazing, strong, and supportive girlfriend and best friend,” the groom-to-be wrote. “I’m so happy to call you my fiancé right now and can’t wait to call you my wife soon enough.”
Tamara announced she was cancer-free in a skype interview with WGN Morning News.