Passing Peter and Ann Connelie in the hall, you might wonder if they're in the right building.
The Caledonia couple come three times a month and on each visit, laughter echoes from the room.
"It's a downer, it's a true downer, when we come in we have to be careful we're not so happy, that we're disturbing other people," said Ann with a laugh.
Peter was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in May. He is now undergoing chemotherapy at the Wilmot Cancer Center at Strong Hospital.
"You figure there's either a 50/50 chance that it's cancerous or it's not so it was really no shock to us," said Peter.
One study says married people with cancer are 20 percent less likely to die from the disease as compared to those who are divorced who have never been married.
"Basically, we trust in God," said Peter.
After 48 years of marriage, their partnership is still put to the test. The Journal of Clinical Oncology published a study that found 17 percent percent of married patients, like Peter, are more likely to be diagnosed early on because their spouses remind them about check-ups.
"We see each other in a different light now, just looking up at each other, watching out for each other a little bit more," said Ann.
The study also found that a patient with a close family is 17 percent more likely to stick with their treatment.
"I never hit a point where I say, I don't want to go today. If Ann wasn't around, I don't know that I'd have that attitude," said Peter.
But the Journal says these statistics are more about emotional support, which doesn't necessarily involve a wedding ring.
Peter and Ann say the secret to a long-lasting marriage like theirs is in that support, through sickness and in health, is a promise carried out through action.
"Nothing is a hundred percent all the time. It just isn't. But the good times outweigh those times," said Ann.