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The terminally ill young mother gets a dream wedding thanks to the “overwhelming” public support

A terminally ill young mother will have the wedding she always dreamed of thanks to kind-hearted members of the public and local businesses.

Gemma McGowan of Paisley is set to tie the knot with sweetheart Steven Murie at the Dalmeny Park Hotel in Barrhead next month after being inundated with messages of support and offers to secure everything they need for the future.

Renfrew-based Wedding Wish Makers campaigned to make the couple’s day special after Gemma’s heartbreaking story emerged – and were “blown away” by the response and friendliness of those they contacted.

Gemma, 29-year-old mother of Baby Arran, has a very rare cancer of the nasal cavity and was given just months to live after being diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma last May, the Paisley Daily Express reports.

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And despite months of treatments, including radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and life-changing surgeries that required surgeons to remove her eye, Gemma and her partner were heartbroken told that nothing could be done.

Due to the condition of Gemma, the wedding was brought forward from next year and Wedding Wish Makers urged retailers to offer the full range of services, from wedding cars to outfits for the bridesmaids.

Gemma McGowan, 29, with mother Lorraine McGowan.

Thanks to public help, Gemma and fiancée Steven have managed to attract a three-tier cake, piper and humanist celebrant, and in total nearly £ 3,800 in donations have been made to pay for the venue and other fees.

Suzanne Stevenson of Wedding Wish Makers told the newspaper, “We have now arranged everything for Gemma and Steven’s wedding, except for a videographer.

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“We have received so many support messages via email, private mail, and comments. The volume has been overwhelming and we cannot thank everyone for sufficiently offering their services.

“It is an impossible task for us to answer everyone. However, please know how much we appreciate your kindness. Thank you to all of the suppliers who support the couple on their big day. What a beautiful day it will be.”


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