Dying mum’s wish to marry granted

RUNNING OUT OF TIME: Vivian Fittall, 20, with daughter Sophie.
RUNNING OUT OF TIME: Vivian Fittall, 20, with daughter Sophie. NZ HERALD

A 20-YEAR-OLD mother with incurable cancer will be granted one of her dying wishes today when she celebrates an eleventh-hour wedding.

Vivian Fittall will leave intensive hospital care for the day to celebrate her marriage to partner Jack Waller at Red Beach, on the Hibiscus Coast, north of Auckland - thanks to the generosity of family, friends and the local community.

Last month Ms Fittall discovered a hereditary condition she carried had degenerated into aggressive liver, rectal, lung and possibly lymph node cancer. She may have only a short time left to live.

In a post on a fundraising page for her "bucket list", Ms Fittall said: "This week my man Jack proposed to me ...  and I want to marry him."

With "humbling" generosity from family, friends and the community, the young couple have rushed to tie the knot.

"Only a month ago she was diagnosed with terminal cancer ... and it has spread all through her body," family friend Kelly de Rooy said. "The prognosis is pretty grim.

"Her boyfriend proposed to her a few days ago and they've had to make the wedding this Saturday because they don't have time to wait."

Local support for Ms Fittall's cause had been amazing, Ms de Rooy said.

Support had also come from further afield, Ms Fittall's father, Yahn, said on Facebook this week.

"Things have escalated quite quickly ... the speed at which this devastating disease has spread is mind-blowing. We really had no idea a month ago. Life has never been easy, but this one has really floored me.

"My daughter Vivian is very, very sick. However on the positive side, her man Jack proposed to her last week and the wedding is this Saturday.

"The Hibiscus Coast community and friends from all over Auckland and New Zealand have really pulled together to help us get a wedding together."

Almost everything for a magical wedding day had been provided at short notice, so the family could focus their energy and money on medical and associated costs.

A donation page set up for Ms Fittall's cause, and for the couple's nine-month-old daughter, Sophie, was up to $21,000 last night.

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