ENGAGEMENT CONTEST ENTRY: Genevieve C.

BunchesDirect is currently running a contest for the best engagement story we can find. The winner will receive a $1000 Shopping Spree for Wedding Flowers from BunchesDirect!

We’ll be unveiling the entries over the next little while as we receive them. Here’s GENEVIEVE’S ENTRY. What do Tommy John surgery, a lap dance, karaoke and cancer all have in common? For an unsuspecting couple, it meant the difference between fulfilling fate and never having met.


A NCAA division 1 baseball pitcher on scholarship to Siena College in upstate NY, Craig Chaput, born and raised in Ottawa, was on top of the world. Topping the list for MLB drafting, his impressive stats and passion for his sport was leading him to the big leagues.  That was until fate intervened and set him on a new course – one that would no longer involve pitching.

 On the mound, crowd roaring, scouts glaring, Craig made a signature fastball which ended up being his last. With a quick “pop”, he tore the ligaments in his elbow. His agent called him that day, asking simply “Tommy Johns?”, and he reluctantly replied “yes”. With that, the agent said “It was nice working with you” and hung up the phone.

With his baseball dream abolished, he moved back to Ottawa and back to reality. His relationship with his out of country fiancé ended shortly thereafter and he fell into a depression. His friends urged him to move on and start living again and one summer night after spending the day in the sun at HOPE Beach Volleyball tournament, the course of his life changed forever.

I had just ended a 3 year relationship a few months prior, but had mustered up the courage to forge ahead and start anew by buying a house in Pembroke, Ontario and start over. That night, my friend Lexx invited me out to Ottawa for her bachelorette party. Having not been out clubbing since the break-up, we went to town, got tattoos and went out for the night.

As fate would have it, Craig and myself wound up being at the same bar. He and his brothers participated that evening in all the “dare cards” we had circulating and it just so happened that I pulled the “Get a lap dance from a guy” card. Without hesitation, Craig gave me his best Magic Mike impersonation and went full out. His sense of humour and lack of inhibition led me to give him my number.

Just over a year later, and we now live together in Ottawa and are planning our future. If it were not for the circumstances that led transpired in both our lives, we would have never connected and found one another.

In early May, I found out that I have thyroid cancer. At 26 years old, and with a mother who passed away at 39 years old, it has been a tough pill to swallow. Without the unconditional love and unwavering support that Craig has provided me since day one of finding out, I would not have been able to be this strong.

Prior to my thyroidectomy surgery on August 12th, 2013, we decided to plan a final party for our close friends and family in my honor. Little did I know, the night would be one that I would not soon forget. With a passion for singing and a favourite karaoke joint we shared, we set up a karaoke party on August 2nd. When we reached the pub, Craig took the microphone and played our song – Crash into me, Dave Matthews – over the speakers. He began to share my story to the crowd and our friends and family about my upcoming surgery and how it may be the last time that I sang for quite some time. He expressed how much I meant to him and that he was not going anywhere…forever. On bended knee, he asked me to be his wife to which I replied with a resounding “OBVIOUSLY!”

I had my thyroidectomy on August 12th and it went well. After a week in the hospital, I have returned home to heal and to plan our wedding. The best news of all is that my vocal chords were intact, and I will get to sing again.

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