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Woman with brain cancer has dream wedding, thanks to hospital staff

Becky Bradley, 33, got engaged on Valentine's Day — and wanted nothing more than to marry her fiancé, Jarrod. Sadly, the bride-to-be has a serious brain tumor, and between chemotherapy and countless doctor's appointment, her dream wedding seemed to be just that, a dream.

But on her birthday, September 22, she received the surprise of a lifetime.

Her team of doctors and nurses at Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina, threw her a birthday party during her treatment. When she opened the card they got her, she was surprised to find an invitation inside — to her own wedding.

The staff enlisted their community and made everything happen in just two weeks. St. Mary's Chapel was happy to host the ceremony on October 9 with 60 guests in attendance, and Olde Mecklenburg Brewery did the same for the reception — all at no cost.

Becky and Jarrod had met in July 2013. That summer, a bad sinus infection sent Becky to Levine Cancer Institute to get checked out. Doctors found a brain tumor and immediately operated on her to remove it. She was doing well until December 2015 when the tumor came back.

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Becky and Jarrod during the ceremony.

"I didn't want to waste any time," Jarrod, 36, told TODAY, about his Valentine's Day proposal.

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Becky and Jarrod with the staff at Levine Cancer Institute.

Becky was treated to hair and makeup and had everyone from a local DJ to Pastor Lee Jock provide their services at no cost, for a night to help make Becky and Jarrod's dream come true.

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Becky getting her hair done before the wedding.

"I was at a loss for words," Jarrod said. "I can't believe all of those people donated everything just for us and all the friends we had fly in from all over the country."

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Becky arriving at her wedding in a limo provided to her at no cost.

The only person who wasn't able to make it was Becky's brother, who is serving in Afghanistan. Though friends found a way to include him in the wedding — they made a life-size cutout that walked down the aisle and stood at the altar.

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Becky's family with a life-sized cardboard cutout of her brother, who couldn't make it because he's serving in Afghanistan.

As the night went on, emotions ran high, especially during their first dance as man and wife to Michael Bublé's "Hold On".

"The hardest part of the night was our first dance," Jarrod said. "She was in a wheelchair so it was pretty heartbreaking."

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Becky and Jarrod sharing an emotional dance to "Hold On" by Michael Buble.

"Becky has such a good heart, this was the least we could do for her," Serena Perera, Becky's nurse, told TODAY.

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