Man surprises his girlfriend with a wedding proposal on her last day of chemo

For most of us, the hypothetical question of whether we would stick with a boyfriend or girlfriend through the trials of cancer and the treatments is just that – a hypothetical question. We would like to think we would do the right thing, but when Max Allegretti got the chance to put his money where mouth is, he didn't hesitate for a second.


Jillian Hanson and Allegretti met in true rom-com fashion after Hanson signed up for a dodgeball tournament in college and ended up on Allegretti's team.

They lost touch after she graduated, but then when she moved back to her hometown to take care of her sick grandmother, Allegretti asked her to go to the movies and the rest, as Hanson writes, "is history." Hanson knew Allegretti was the one a month after that movie.

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And Allegretti for his part knew that she was the only one for him, because when Hanson sat down to tell him about her breast cancer diagnosis and what lay in store, she didn't quite know what to expect. Was he going to back out?

Nope, he just held her hand and said, "I'm not going to leave your side." Which in and of itself must have been incredible to hear. But it's an immense undertaking.

Hanson learned that her cancer had spread and that treatment was going to get intense.

"They tell you how sick you get during treatment, but no one can really prepare you for any of this," Hanson wrote. Not having any energy after radiation treatments, the surgeries to remove lymph nodes, the hair loss after chemotherapy, and Allegretti was there through it all.

He would tell her she was pretty and plan little events like going to the movies or to dinner to make it all just a little more bearable. And it's true what they say, it's the small things that end mattering in the long run.



We all wish we can have someone like this in our corner, and some of us do. Through it all Allegretti was sure he was going to propose. He talked it over with her family and friends, "and we all decided it would bring a lot more joy even to the special day it was going to be already." Allegretti said.

And when the day came and she said yes, the hospital made a video of it (see above). The video then made its way to the LLG Events, an event planning company and they were so moved by it that they threw a wedding for Hanson and Allegretti on the house!

In the end, love literally won over cancer, which is the truest fairy tale there is.

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In 1945, the world had just endured the bloodiest war in history. World leaders were determined to not repeat the mistakes of the past. They wanted to build a better future, one free from the "scourge of war" so they signed the UN Charter — creating a global organization of nations that could deter and repel aggressors, mediate conflicts and broker armistices, and ensure collective progress.

Over the following 75 years, the UN played an essential role in preventing, mitigating or resolving conflicts all over the world. It faced new challenges and new threats — including the spread of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, a Cold War and brutal civil wars, transnational terrorism and genocides. Today, the UN faces new tensions: shifting and more hostile geopolitics, digital weaponization, a global pandemic, and more.

This slideshow shows how the UN has worked to build peace and security around the world:

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Malians wait in line at a free clinic run by the UN Multidimensional Integrated Mission in Mali in 2014. Over their 75 year history, UN peacekeepers have deployed around the world in military and nonmilitary roles as they work towards human security and peace. Here's a look back at their history.

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