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Gemma Lythgoe with incurable brain tumour fundraising for wedding with Dan Terry


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A woman with an incurable brain tumour is hoping to marry her childhood sweetheart.

Dan Terry and Gemma Lythgoe met as 16-year-olds at Explorer Scouts and haven’t looked back since.

The couple had planned to marry in September, but following Gemma’s diagnosis she left her job.

Dan and Gemma
Dan and Gemma

As they are living on one income, a fundraising effort is being made to give the pair the day they deserve, with a target of £2,500.

Dan, who works at Minster McDonald’s, said: “Gemma was diagnosed in March last year after having headaches for around six weeks.

“Doctors and a paramedic put it down to dehydration and stress at the time but ruled out anything like what we are going through now.

“There is no cure for glioblastoma, but Gemma can be treated and her cancer can be managed, hopefully on a long-term basis.

“The tumour was removed and grew back in August last year so she had to have that removed as well.

“She is undergoing chemotherapy which seems to be managing the problem at the moment and this will be ongoing up to the wedding and beyond.”

Though the grade four glioblastoma brain tumour is not curable, it is treatable.

Gemma is dreaming of marrying her childhood sweetheart
Gemma is dreaming of marrying her childhood sweetheart

The 25-year-olds are living with Gemma’s mum and brother in Westgate-on-Sea and are keen to arrange their perfect wedding and honeymoon.

Dan added: “Gemma is feeling very grateful for everyone that has donated or offered services.

“We were really struggling to find a photo booth for the day, but Margate Round Table sourced a company that is going to supply us.

“We have had florists, venue decorators, bakers, friends and all sorts of people donate services towards the fundraiser and it is very overwhelming that everyone wants to help us out, which has been fantastic.

“We are now mainly hoping for donations towards our honeymoon as she would like to spend a couple of nights at Port Lympne in one of the enclosure accommodations, but they are very pricey.”

Charity Macmillan Crossroads has helped the pair with fundraising for the wedding, as well as moving a bedroom downstairs and supporting Dan and Gemma with changes to their lives.

So far, more than £600 has been put forward by well-wishers.

  • To donate, go to Making Dreams Come True for Gemma on Facebook.
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