OVERWHELMED: Wedding planner Tegan Johns with Colin Patullo and Tanya Bennett, who Mrs Johns has kindly offered $10,000 to help plan their dream wedding.
OVERWHELMED: Wedding planner Tegan Johns with Colin Patullo and Tanya Bennett, who Mrs Johns has kindly offered $10,000 to help plan their dream wedding. Tony Martin

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A MACKAY business has donated a $10,000 wedding to help a terminally ill Mackay man marry his bride. Tegan Johns started her business Absolute Weddings and Events a few months ago.

When she heard about Mount Pleasant resident Colin Patullo's story, Mrs Johns knew she had to do something.

Mr Patullo was told by doctors he had two years to live after being diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and seven brain tumours.

It was then he decided to tick one thing off his bucket list, to marry his partner of 12 years Tanya Bennett.

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Mrs Johns said she felt a personal connection to the couple's struggles.

"My father in law went through a similar situation two years ago," she said.

"He was diagnosed with cancer and decided he wanted to marry before he passed away.

"When I heard about Tanya's story I just knew I had to help."

The Daily Mercury reported on the couple's wedding wish earlier in the week.

At the time, the family was still in need of a wedding venue, decorations and catering.

Mrs Johns said she would organise the wedding from start to finish. "The couple will be pampered on their big day," she said.

"We will even take care of their children, look after the decorations and everything else.

"I have many big contacts in the industry, so organising a venue will also not be a problem."

Mr Patullo said he was overwhelmed.

"I am so thankful for the support," he said.

"The community has just been fantastic."

 



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