Jason Penny shortly after seeing his wife, Donna, as they renew their vows thanks to 'My Wedding Wish'
Jason Penny shortly after seeing his wife, Donna, as they renew their vows thanks to 'My Wedding Wish' Warren Lynam

The beautiful moment a husband sees his terminally ill bride

YOU would never have known under the beautiful cream, off-shoulder wedding dress Donna Penny wore to renew her vows she was nursing broken ribs.

The terminal cancer she was given a two-year life expectancy with four years ago has spread to her bones.

But as Donna renewed her vows to the love of her life, Jason Penny, it wasn't about illness.

It was about creating special moments for their four children and celebrating life and love with close family and friends.

My Wedding Wish, which organises weddings for terminally ill people, helped bring Donna and Jason's wish to renew their vows to life.

"We had planned to renew our vows for our 10th anniversary, but I don't know where I will be in two years time," Donna said.

Jason had no idea of the dress Donna was going to wear for their special day.

But as he turned around for his first glance near the couple's home at Kawana Beach, you could tell he was overwhelmed.

"It was like our first wedding all over again," he said.

"It was beautiful."

 

Donna Penny and her husband, Jason renew their wedding vows thanks to 'My Wedding Wish'
Donna Penny and her husband, Jason renew their wedding vows thanks to 'My Wedding Wish' Warren Lynam

Jason proposed to Donna two weeks before she started chemotherapy when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer nine years ago.

Back then, they had hope and belief the cancer would be cured.

This wasn't to be.

In 2013, Donna was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer.

While the wedding was all about celebrating and having fun, the reality of the seriousness of Donna's illness won't stay away long.

She is booked in to start another round of chemotherapy on Tuesday.

Even though Donna discovered weeks ago she needed more treatment, she was determined to hold off until after the wedding.

Next week, she can face the sickness, the hair loss and other horrible side-effects of treatments that will hopefully stop the spread of the disease.

"I'll lose my hair again, but I got to do, what I got to do.

"It will be back to the rig-moral of hosptial visits and bloods tests. I have bone progression, but my liver is still under control.

"Hopefully the chemo they put me on will shrink it all down again."

More than 70 close family and friends have travelled to the Sunshine Coast to be part of the family's special day with the main event to be held at the Sunshine Castle at Bli Bli.

 

Donna and Jason Penny surrounded by close family and friends.
Donna and Jason Penny surrounded by close family and friends. Warren Lynam

The couple's 11-year-old son Kai, which inspired Donna's incredible book "Why my Mummy" was a "best man for his daddy", with his brother, Tyson.

Donna's son, Aiden Marrett ,was giving his mum away and step-daughter, Ashlee Penny, was the bridesmaid.

The couple only had words of praise for My Wedding Wish and the large number of Sunshine Coast businesses that donate their time and resources free to make special days for couples going through the toughest of times.

Everything, from the kombi Jason arrived in, to the photographers, videographers, wedding celebrant, venue, drinks and food were donated by a large number of Sunshine Coast businesses.

Donna admitted coping with a terminal illness took its toll on a marriage.

"It does put strain on a relationship, I give Jason a hard time," she said.

But it was clear as Jason leaned forward to give her an affectionate kiss, he thought she was worth it.

Donna and Jason have donated the honeymoon they were donated back to My Wedding Wish to "pay it forward" for the next couple


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