NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A terminally ill man with weeks to live has fulfilled a dying wish by marrying his girlfriend.

The Daily News Journal reports Chris Ford and Nicole Wismer had planned to marry in October but moved up the ceremony to Sunday after doctors told Chris he might not make it that long.

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Ford was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the mouth and throat about a year ago, not long after the couple’s son was born. The Philadelphia native moved to his mother’s home in La Vergne, Tennessee, while undergoing cancer treatment.

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The community came together to donate a venue and other services for the celebration.

Despite his weakened condition, Ford was able to dance down the aisle with his new bride after the ceremony was complete.

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