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Honouring the gift of a last wish

There was beautiful music, purple flowers to match the bride’s dress and an adorable flower girl, but the wedding was cloaked in a veil of sadness.

The bride’s mother, Debbie Mills, was in the last stages of cancer and it had become achingly clear that she would not be able to attend the imminent wedding of her only daughter, Jessica. So, the wedding was moved to a quiet room at RVH.

Under a beautifully decorated arbour and in front of her mom and dad, Debbie and Rick Mills, her brother Jake, and close family, Jessica and her fiancé, Vin Ison, said “I do.” When the couple kissed, Debbie nuzzled her head into her husband’s neck (pictured left), content she had been granted this wish.

During the wedding reception the next day, as the bride and groom shared their first dance, Debbie Mills passed away at RVH.

Debbie’s 13-year-old neighbour, Courtney McLean, honoured the Cancer and Palliative Inpatient unit at RVH for the kindness they showed the Mills family by donating $50, her birthday money, in Debbie’s memory.