'I know I will die, I won't grow old with the man I love or see my girl grow up': Mother with terminal cancer so rare it has no name in race against time to marry long-term love

  • Courtney Terry, 27, from south-east London has a rare kidney cancer
  • It is the same disease that killed her 23-year-old brother Jordan 
  • She needs strangers to fund wedding to her boyfriend before she passes

A bride-to-be who thought she had beaten a rare cancer has been forced to bring forward her wedding date after the devastating news that the illness has returned.

The friends and family of Courtney Terry, 27, are now furiously fundraising in a bid to fulfill her final wish of a dream wedding.

Courtney was just 19 when she was first diagnosed with the same disease that killed her 23-year-old brother Jordan seven years ago.

Courtney Terry, 27, with her childhood sweetheart Billy Webb and daughter Dolcie 

Courtney Terry, 27, with her childhood sweetheart Billy Webb and daughter Dolcie 

But despite chemotherapy and a kidney removal, her kidney cancer - which is so rare it does not have a name - returned when she became pregnant in 2009.

Courtney, from Barnehurst, south-east London, had planned to marry her childhood sweetheart Billy Webb in seven months' time.

But doctors have advised her to bring the event forward because of her worsening condition.

Now she and her family are relying are on the kindness of strangers to crowdfund their wedding.

Courtney and Billy had been planning to marry in seven months time but have had to bring forward the wedding because her condition has worsened 

Courtney and Billy had been planning to marry in seven months time but have had to bring forward the wedding because her condition has worsened 

The family hope to raise £20,000 so the event in a few weeks can create happy memories for Billy and her five-year-old daughter, Dolcie.

The keen Millwall FC fan has received multiple treatments including chemotherapy, trials, surgery and radiotherapy. But she has no more treatment options left.

Courtney, who has been engaged to Billy for two years, said: 'It is too late to help me now.

'There is no more surgery or chemo. I know I am going to die.

'I won't grow old with the man I love or see my girl grow up.

'But the one thing I can do before it is too late is be Mrs Webb.'

Courtney, pictured here with Billy and Dolcie, has a kidney cancer so rare that it has no name 

Courtney, pictured here with Billy and Dolcie, has a kidney cancer so rare that it has no name 

She continued: 'I waited and waited to get married as I wanted to get well first, and there was always another operation or drug trial that got in the way.

'Now I just want to do it before it is too late.'

Courtney, whose cancer is so rare doctors do not have a name for it, added : 'I look at my future and I see where it ends. I will die never knowing what is wrong with me - never having a name for it.

'But this wedding is my chance to make memories for my family that will last a lifetime, even if I don't.

'I just pray we can get the money together in time.'

The amount raised so far has topped £14,000 with 65 days left to raise their target figure.

Courtney, pictured with her boyfriend and daughter, is now hoping to get married in less than three months time 

Courtney, pictured with her boyfriend and daughter, is now hoping to get married in less than three months time 

Her family said in a statement: 'Courtney has been unbelievably strong, coping with treatments and their side effects and was often given bad news, whilst being a mum and raising a beautiful little girl.

'They had planned to get married in November, but this week she was advised by her medical team that they should bring forward the wedding as she may not be well enough in November, as her disease is terminal.

'This had a huge impact on the family, who did not expect to hear that her death was going to be so soon.

'They had a dream for a fairytale wedding to provide an extra special positive memory for Dolcie, Billy and their families.'

Courtney and Billy are saving for their wedding at: causewish.com/project/courtney-s-final-wish 

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