Woman Uses Canceled Engagement To Help Charity (Photos)

| by Sheena Vasani
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After Jenny Ly's engagement was canceled, she used her wedding money to create "Lemons Into Lemonade" -- her appropriately titled cancer fundraiser event.

Ly, a 25-year-old from California, had been with her partner for five years when she called off the engagement for undisclosed reasons, KNBC reports.

The venue for the wedding was already booked and she would have lost her $5,000 deposit.

So instead of letting the heartbreak destroy her, she decided to carve out something positive from all the pain.

"I'm trying to be positive and a good sport about the whole thing," Ly said. "I don't want anyone to feel bad for me. Everything happens for a reason, and it's better that we didn't go through with it."

Becuase she had loved ones affected by cancer, Ly decided she will host a fundraiser event at the Clubhouse of the La Mirada Country Club in Santa Fe Springs on Aug. 28.

The funds raised at the event, which will feature comedians, dancing, dinner and more, will go towards the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life movement.

According to its website, money raised at fundraisers like Ly's helps cancer patients directly in addition to helping fund research.


In the quest to keep her spirits up, she said she might add some humor by adding a bridal shower to the event.

Guests can buy tickets before the event or at the door.

It turns out canceled engagements like Ly's are more common than many realize, The New York Times reports.

A 2013 study by The Wedding Report reveals about 13 percent engagements don't end up in marriage.

“A pending marriage brings up issues of personal identity, a re-examination of dreams you had for yourself, and ideas you have about the kind of person you are,” said Christina Curtis, a New York City psychotherapist. “It distils your life. And because millennials feel like marriage is more optional, they’re really examining whether it’s the right choice.”

Still, while it seems heartbreaking, some have handled such break-ups positively, like Ly.

One woman decided to use her wedding money towards funding a feast for the homeless in Sacramento, California, KCRA reports.

“It just seemed like, of course, this would be something that we would do to give back,” Kari Duane, mother of the former bride Quinn, said.

Sources: KNBC, Relay For Life, The New York TimesThe Wedding Report, KCRA / Photo credit: Jenny Ly via KNBC

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