A British widow whose husband died of cancer four days after their August wedding said that he lives on through their toddler daughter.
“I can barely believe he’s gone, but Marcus lives on in Faith,” Ashlee Peers, 24, told The Sun of her late husband, Marcus Peers. “She has a picture of her daddy, which she hugs and kisses, and I’ll never let her forget just how much he loved her.”
The couple met in February 2012 when Ashlee asked Marcus for directions. He had asked her to text him to be sure she made it safely and they started dating shortly after, The Sun reported. By March 2014, they had moved in together in Plymouth, Devon, and found out they were expecting their first child.
“I’d suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage three months before, so we were over the moon,” Ashlee told The Sun. “Marcus was so happy, he cried. He couldn’t wait to be a dad, and insisted on coming with me to every scan and appointment. He was thrilled when we found out we were expecting a baby girl.”
Just two months before the couple’s daughter was born, Marcus discovered a lump growing on his neck. Doctors reportedly dismissed the growth as an abscess, but it continued to grow, The Sun reported.
In April, Marcus was diagnosed with cancer, and doctors the couple he may have only three years to live.
“My first thought was for Faith— she wasn’t even 6 months old,” Ashlee told The Sun. “She needed her daddy. The pair of them were like two peas in a pod. He doted on Faith, and she adored him in return.”
Marcus began treatment immediately after the diagnosis, but the tumors spread, and he became weak. In July, he collapsed in their home, and doctors said he had only weeks to live.
“My world crumbled in that moment. Faith wasn’t even a year old,” Ashlee told the newspaper. “Marcus would never walk her up the aisle or celebrate her graduation. Our family was being robbed of so many happy memories.”
The Peers decided to marry, celebrate Faith’s birthday and celebrate an early Christmas at Marcus’ bedside to make the most of their time left together.
“Marcus struggled for breath, but he repeated all of his vows, and it was a bittersweet moment as we were pronounced man and wife,” Ashlee told The Sun of their wedding.
Four days later, Marcus died.
“Marcus looked at me and said: ‘I’ve got to go now. I love you,’” Ashlee told The Sun.