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    Posted July 8, 2014 by
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    '60s family photos

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    A Tale of Two Sisters


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     nickdan2726 told us, 'In the first photo, Carmen is the one on the right with her hair down. They were married at La Milagrosa aka The Spanish Chapel (Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church) which, sadly, closed its doors last year.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    Once upon a time - December 2, 1967 to be exact - two sisters, Carmen and Maria, went to the chapel and got married. They became engaged to their future spouses within close proximity to each other and thus decided to have a double wedding. Naturally, their marriages have not been the stuff of fairy tales and happily ever after. Still, both couples have fought the good fight and remain married to this date. They have five children (I am blessed to be one of them) and five grandchildren between them. Today Carmen (pictured on the right in the first photo) is caretaker to her husband who suffered a debilitating stroke in June of 2012 and Maria battles multiple myeloma, valiantly I might add, since 2008. Two sisters - beautiful on their wedding day - even more beautiful today.
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