Florida Hospital helps cancer patient give wife surprise date

Staff helps transform hospital room into tea room for couple's anniversary


ORLANDO, Fla. – A 34-year-old father of three with stage four metastatic kidney cancer surprised his high-school sweetheart with a romantic date in a Florida Hospital Cancer Institute room that was transformed by a team of clinicians.

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Hospital staff granted Lazaro Fonteboa his wish of taking his wife, Tracey, out on their wedding anniversary by transforming a hospital room into a quaint tea room with food donated from one of the couple's favorite restaurants, Infusion Tea.

"It was the perfect date," Laz said. "It was gorgeous and I couldn't ask for anything more. It's beyond special."

One hospital employee arranged a tuxedo for Laz, officials said. Another brought his flute to give the couple a private concert. 

"In all that they're going through in dealing with this cancer…just to have a moment to themselves where they can actually be a husband and wife on a date," said radiation physicist Chris Warner.