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Frankfort native Jessica Leja (left) poses for a photo with Tennessee resident Toni Roberts after the two women met for the first time the weekend of Sept. 1. Leja, an oncology nurse, donated her new wedding dress to Roberts, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017. Photos submitted
Toni Roberts (right), of Lebanon, Tenn., is pictured with fiancé Daniel Johnson (left) and son Maddux McGill. Roberts received a wedding dress for her upcoming wedding from Frankfort native Jessica Leja, an oncology nurse. Photos submitted
The size 10 Stella York wedding dress has never been altered.
Jessica Leja traveled to Tennessee the weekend of Sept. 1 to deliver the dress and meet Toni Roberts in person.
Nuria Mathog, Editor
10:27 am CDT September 14, 2018

Despite living nearly 500 miles apart, Frankfort native Jessica Leja and Lebanon, Tenn. resident Toni Roberts have forged a special bond through a unique act of generosity and a shared camaraderie in the fight against cancer. 

Leja, a current New Lenox resident who works as an oncology nurse at DuPage Medical Group in Tinley Park, was inspired to donate her unaltered size 10 Stella York wedding dress to a deserving cancer patient after seeing the strength and perseverance of the patients she worked with on a daily basis.