By Ross Cavitt
MARIETTA, Ga. (WSB/CNN) - A cancer diagnosis and a rapid decline in health push a man and a woman to quickly tie the knot. The couple said their vows in the back of an ambulance in Georgia.
The wedding party had taken its place in the back of the Puckett ambulance just yards from the Cobb County Courthouse, where this marriage, years in the works, was official in minutes.
They had planned this day to be much different, but 11 days ago doctors diagnosed Peyton Williams III with terminal lung cancer. Family, friends, hospice workers, and paramedics all swung into action to help the couple say their vows.
"He was working the day before, and so we just are all kind of in shock, and he's accepted the Lord, and we got married and that's the last thing on our list," said bride Ruth Terry.
"He went from work to hospice in about seven days, and there was a tremendous sense of concern they wouldn't be able to get married before he passed, but it was something they really wanted to do," said his daughter, Tracey Hazen.
For Peyton, the cancer has made it hard to speak, but he had enough breath to say "I do" and to thank everyone.
"The fact that we had all these wonderful people here to give us an opportunity to do this means a lot to me," said Peyton.
"I'm glad he can go with really a sense of peace that Ruth can be taken care and it's just so nice that people who don't even know us can rally around make this happen," said Tracey.