updated 9/15/2006 2:52:30 PM ET 2006-09-15T18:52:30

A 17-year-old girl who has always wanted a wedding will be granted her wish on Saturday.

Nicole Hastings, who has terminal cancer, will have the wedding of her dreams in Mentor, near Cleveland, doctors said Friday.

Hastings will exchange vows in a church commitment ceremony similar to the ones used in same-sex unions. A traditional marriage would leave Hastings without coverage under her family’s health insurance, so a friend came up with the alternative.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is paying for the big day, which will include a wedding party of 16 people and a reception with a lavish dinner, a disc jockey and a cake.

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