LIVING IN HOPE: DJ Hall and Stephanie Lloyd at their wedding ceremony at Ilkley. They hope to raise enough money for DJ to have cancer treatment in the US.
LIVING IN HOPE: DJ Hall and Stephanie Lloyd at their wedding ceremony at Ilkley. They hope to raise enough money for DJ to have cancer treatment in the US. Iain Curry

Man given one year to live marries love of his life

IF WEATHER events could by symbolic, the story was perfectly written for DJ Hall and Stephanie Lloyd.

Moments before the couple tied the knot in a moving ceremony at AnnaBella Wedding Chapel at Ilkley, the sky was covered with oppressive grey clouds.

But then shortly after 3pm, as the bridal party walked down the aisle, a brilliant sun shone through, wiping away the stormy weather.

DJ and Steph have been through a few difficult years as doctors have tried to find a treatment for the acute lymphoblastic leukemia he was first diagnosed with in 2011.

In September last year, the then 24-year-old was told there was nothing more doctors could do. He was given one year to live.

But the ray of sunshine in his worst two years has been meeting Stephanie, falling in love and now being able to call her his wife.

His only hope for a cure is a groundbreaking $600,000 new treatment in America.

The couple have put all their savings aside, DJ's mum has sold her home and they have been raising money so he can get the treatment as soon as possible.

There was no money left for the wedding they wanted, but thanks to My Wedding Wish and the generosity of the Sunshine Coast, it was made possible.

They were married at Ilkley and had a fairtyale reception at Sunshine Castle at Bli Bli.

At last count, DJ and Stephanie were about $100,000 off their fundraising target.

"We can't book the flights until we have paid for the treatment,'' Stephanie said.

Her focus yesterday, how

ever, was on becoming DJ's wife.

They have been given a few nights in a beachfront Marcoola home to celebrate, but their honey

moon will be DJ having his treatment.

"We are still hoping to leave by the end of October," Stephanie said.

Visit https:// http://www.mycause.com.au/page/81518/keepingdjalive.


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