Strangers Make Couple's Dream Wedding Come True After Terminal Cancer Diagnosis (VIDEO)

terminally ill couple getting marriedLaura and Steven Monks were on a "three-year plan" to get married and buy a dream house. That abruptly changed last year, when Steven found out that he had terminal cancer. Luckily, strangers came to the couple's aid!


Laura and Steven, both 35, were close friends for a decade before they got together. In 2013, they had their daughter, Lydia, and three months after her birth, the U.K. couple decided to marry.

But having a house seemed more of a priority at the time -- after all, they were already committed to each other and fully in love -- so a wedding ceremony was back-burnered.

The couple hunkered down, saving as much money as they could. Steven, who's self-employed, worked nearly every day to get them closer to their goal.

Then last August, the couple received a shock: Steven had stage 3 bowel and liver cancer. Part of his bowel was removed, and he was started on chemo. Unfortunately, the treatments couldn't cure him. In April, he learned his cancer is terminal.

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A nurse told the couple about a U.K. charity, Gift of a Wedding, which mobilizes communities to donate everything a couple might need for a wedding. Laura filled out an application, explaining Stephen's diagnosis, and soon after, the wedding planning began.

By "wedding planning," we mean that the group posted about the couple on their Facebook page and offers of help POURED in. Think: magician, candy cart, DJ, wedding dress, nail art, hair, makeup, string quarter, photo booth, limo ... Everything.

"We told our friends and family about us finally getting married and no one could believe it," Laura told The Mirror. "They couldn't get over a charity like this even existing. We are so grateful to them for making it happen."

(FYI, there's a similar nonprofit in the U.S., Wish Upon a Wedding.)

The day went off without a hitch, pun intended, with the couple's daughter, who will be 3 next month, serving as their flower girl. Any honeymoon, however, will be bittersweet. Steven is now on palliative care.

"We don't know what the future holds," Laura admitted, "but the kindness of strangers made our day completely unforgettable."

You can watch some clips from the couple's once-in-a-lifetime day here. Just keep a box of tissues handy.


 Image via The Mirror

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