Woman with terminal cancer marries love of her life hours before death

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Woman with terminal cancer marries love of her life hours before death



(Picture: Tahnee Jade Photography)Less than 24 hours after she married her great love of 24 years, Tracey MacDonald died.
Colin MacDonald had proposed to Tracey 12 years ago, but they never had time to officially tie the knot while raising six children together.
Then, six months ago, Tracey was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.
The couple knew that now was the time to have their wedding day.
On 22 January, Tracey and Colin exchanged vows in a ceremony held at Tracey’s bedside at the Moorabbin Cancer Centre in Victoria.
Less than a day later, Tracey passed away.
The couple were able to pull off the wedding with help from My Wedding Wish, who brought together a group of volunteers to put together the ceremony in the space of a day.
Gail Cremen officiated, Tahnee Jade took stunning photographs, a baker volunteered to make a cake, and people pitched in with flowers and whatever supplies they could provide.
Gail, who volunteers at My Wedding Wish, told FEMAIL: ‘It was very quickly apparent that they were totally devoted to each other and still deeply in love.

(Picture: Tahnee Jade Photography)‘It was very important to Colin that he honoured his proposal to Tracey.
‘Tracey was Colin’s great love. He had proposed 12 years ago but their lives with six children and grandchildren was so busy they just never got around to it.
‘They had just recently bought their “Forever Home”; a dream semi-rural property in Beaconsfield where Tracey could keep her beloved horses with her.’
After the ceremony Gail worked hard to make sure the couple would be legally married before Tracey died, filling in paper work, finding birth certificates, and driving to Melbourne to file the marriage application in time.
When Gail arrived at the office, she made it minutes before closing time and was told that the application could be filed in 48 hours. Gail explained that they only had hours left, and a stranger did what he could to make everything official in under ten minutes.

(Picture: Tahnee Jade Photography)Then it was back to the hospital for the legal ceremony, with Gail able to finally pronounce Colin and Tracey husband and wife for Tracey’s final hours.
Tracey and Colin met 24 years ago when Colin worked as a home removalist. It was an instant connection, and they went on to fall in love and raise a family together.
But in 2018 Tracey went to the doctor with a persistent cough. X-rays revealed that she had lung cancer.
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Doctors were optimistic about her survival, and Tracey had been receiving treatment until the week before she died. When she collapsed trying to get up from her chair, it was clear she didn’t have much time left.
It turned out that Tracey was in the end stages of cancer, and would have only a few days to say goodbye to her friends and family.
Tracey did that by getting married to the love of her life surrounded by people she cared about.

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