Marriage proposals are always special occasions, but the story behind this happy couple’s relationship is especially significant.
22-year-old Mykenzie Lane and 21-year-old Brandon Helmick are both survivors of the Las Vegas shooting in October 2017.
The country music lovers had been watching a performer at the Route 91 Harvest music festival when the shooter opened fire.
When 21-year-old Helmick heard the rounds go off, he immediately pushed his girlfriend to the ground and covered her body with his own. Then when there was a break between rounds, they ran towards some storage units for cover.
As they were running, however, Lane was shot in the ankle.
“From that point, he said we have to find a way to the hospital. I tried to walk but couldn’t, so he threw me on his back and carried me until we found an ambulance,” Lane told Fox News.
The ambulance was already filled with people who had suffered more serious injuries, so the couple flagged down an Uber driver who volunteered to drive them and a few other people to the hospital.
Lane says that she and Helmick have been infinitely grateful for every day that they have spent together since the incident – and after three years of dating, Helmick proposed to her on Friday using a heart filled with rose pedals on Laguna Beach, California.
“I had some idea but I still cried my eyes out,” said Lane.
“Our relationship has always meant the world to me,” she added. “But when someone sacrifices their life for you, how could you ever get more reassurance than that?”
The California students are set to tie the knot on August 3rd.
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