(WWBT) - A terminally ill lung cancer patient who was able to marry the woman he loved just over two weeks ago has passed away. He was 26.
In a report shared by NBC Charlotte, Chris and Nicole Ford had gotten married on Aug. 28, knowing full well that he only had weeks to live.
The pair was scheduled to get married in October, but doctors feared he wouldn't live that long.
WCNC reports that a charity provided the couple with free wedding accommodations so he could marry his fiancée and mother of his children.
"I was praying this was just a bad dream and it never happened. Unfortunately it did happen. My heart left with him. I'm numb and hurting. ... I'm so broken and devastated," Nicole Ford wrote on her Facebook page. "Rest in peace, my love."
According to WCNC's report, Chris' mother Amy said her son "went in his sleep," adding, "He did not suffer at all."
With only weeks to live, Ford got his dying wish, which was to marry Nicole Wismer Ford, who he affectionately called "the love of his life."
NBC Charlotte's report explains that Chris had been struggling with cancer for about a year. Shortly after the birth of his son Tristian, Chris was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the mouth and throat.
At that time, he was given an 80 percent chance of survival, his mother told The Daily News Journal.
WCNC reports the family intends on flying his body back home to Philadelphia, but they are working to get funding to make that possible.
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