He was only given a few days to live—and all he wanted was to tie the knot with the love of his life.
Every couple dreams of finally getting married to the love of their life. 63-year-old Ray Kershaw had hoped to wed 45-year-old Tracy Brooks in Tenerife next year. Unfortunately, Ray was diagnosed with terminal cancer in March and was told that he had only a few days to live.
Ray, who has cancer of the small intestine, is currently being cared for at Springhill Hospice in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.
They initially planned to wed on June 8 of this year, but as Ray’s condition worsened, they knew they had to move the wedding up. With the help of strangers who chipped in to help with the finances for the wedding, the hospital staff who help set up the wedding, and friends and family who prepared the perfect for the couple—it became the wedding of the century.
Though it was heart-breaking to see Ray on his death bed while saying their vows, their families and friends were happy to see him happy in the last days of his life.
Bridesmaid and relative Melissa King told the Daily Mail that the couple had been overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity. She then extended the couple’s gratitude.
She said: ‘All Ray and Tracy knew the cancer was terminal so all they wanted was to get married.
‘What Gift of a Wedding did was incredible. They were up all hours the night before the wedding to make sure it happened.
‘I know Tracy and Ray can’t thank everyone enough for making it happen. We can’t believe how much people donated at such short notice.’
The Gift of a Wedding Facebook page shared this post: ‘We truly cannot thank each and every one of you enough who shared and commented on our post and most of all to the amazing suppliers who have come together at such short notice – you’re all brilliant.
‘Once again a huge thank you to all the suppliers who are donating their time goods and services to make sure our couple have a fantastic day.’