Heather Lopez (third from left), received bad news about new brain tumors, and was advised to do what she wants and what matters—now. Lopez and her fiance, Jimmy Absher (second from left), have changed their wedding date from April to Dec. 17. Here, the couple and their family, Heather’s son, Landon Tarpenian, 10, (left), her mom Marsha Lopez (middle), her sister’s son, Gavin Goodman, 8, sister’s husband Brooke Goodman and her sister Jennifer Goodman gather on Mukilteo beach so photographer-friend Tessa Burrus can take family pictures. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Heather Lopez (third from left), received bad news about new brain tumors, and was advised to do what she wants and what matters—now. Lopez and her fiance, Jimmy Absher (second from left), have changed their wedding date from April to Dec. 17. Here, the couple and their family, Heather’s son, Landon Tarpenian, 10, (left), her mom Marsha Lopez (middle), her sister’s son, Gavin Goodman, 8, sister’s husband Brooke Goodman and her sister Jennifer Goodman gather on Mukilteo beach so photographer-friend Tessa Burrus can take family pictures. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Doctor’s orders: ‘You need to do what matters’

Heather Lopez, diagnosed with cancer, and her fiance move up their wedding date.

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