Vancouver Island mother with terminal cancer, weeks to live gets married on Family Day

Vancouver Island mother with terminal cancer, weeks to live gets married on Family Day
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WatchTerminal cancer could not stop a 39-year-old Esquimalt mother of four from getting married.

Terminal cancer could not stop a 39-year-old Esquimalt mother of four from getting married.

Newlyweds, Kandace and Donnie Musgrove have been spending every single moment together since they got married on Family Day.

That’s because doctors recently told Kandace, who has cervical cancer, that she only has a few weeks left to live.

“That was a bit of a shock,” the 39-year-old told CHEK News.

Two years ago, Donnie and Kandace got engaged and the couple thought they had all the time in the world to plan a wedding.

Unfortunately, less than a year later, the Esquimalt woman was diagnosed with cancer and has undergone surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation ever since.

But after doctors told Kandace there was nothing left that they could do, the couple both realized time was running out and decided to get married, fittingly on Family Day.

Lily Kennedy, a local bridal shop owner, volunteered to organize their wedding after learning about the couple’s story on social media.

“We picked Monday and boom, she made it happen,” said Donnie.

With 80 businesses offering their services from flowers to photography, the ceremony took place in the couple’s living room.

Now in the time Kandace has, the family is spending every moment together.

“I want people to lean on each other,” Kandace said. “I want people to reach out. I want people to accept from your friends and family and community. And just be together.”

A Go Fund Me campaign is underway to help with living expenses for the family.

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