At Celtic Park, a week after the groom was handed a terminal cancer diagnosis, a Scottish couple tied the knot

At Celtic Park, a week after the groom was handed a terminal cancer diagnosis, a Scottish couple tied the knot

Ava, age eight, has stage five cerebral palsy and a number of additional fatal medical issues.

Julie, 41, said: "It's incredible that it's finally happened.

"Not yet, and I think it will take a while for me and Michael to relax and take it all in.

""I've been keeping it hidden from everyone - not even the bridal party got to see my dress until I went down the aisle."

It's been a hectic month for the couple who are planning their dream wedding in little over three weeks.

Irene said "It's been a hectic few weeks.

"On December 5, Michael was diagnosed with secondary adenocarcinoma of the liver."

Unknown origin. Doctors can't detect the primary malignancy since Michael's immune system fought it off.

"But the cancer has spread to his liver.

They say it's aggressive and he just has weeks or months.

Michael proposed to me on Christmas Eve four years ago, but we've known one other for much longer.

"He was my high school crush and it's so surreal."

The Wedding Wish Makers charity and generous donations from loved ones and well-wishers helped Julie and Michael plan their dream wedding.

But just one place would do for Michael, a Celtics devotee.
Irene stated "Michael loves basketball, and while I don't know much about football, I want to assist him out.

"The hospital trips and Michael's new diagnosis made planning difficult.

"But I'm used to it because Ava is terminally ill. She has cerebral palsy level five and is medically frail, requiring 24/7 care.

"She can't swallow and is fed through a stomach button."

So when Michael got his news, it was devastating – he was my rock and guided me through it all."

Julie, now married, says they haven't given up hope.

They got Ava stem cell treatment in Panama about five years ago, and Julie hopes to find treatment for Michael.
said: "We're looking into ways to slow down his disease or find more therapeutic choices.

"We won't give up. We fight."

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