Couple going through hard times receives free wedding from Bakersfield foundation

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A special couple has received the ultimate gift to complete their love story, a free wedding given to them by The Fairy Godmother Foundation.

Blanca Grimes knew her relationship with Kurt Dudley was special from the moment they met. They happened to sit next to each other on an airplane from Phoenix to Bakersfield almost nine years ago.

Both were nervous about flying and Grimes said she decided to strike up a conversation. The two eventually started dating, but five years later they decided to break up.

The couple was separated for two years, and during that time Dudley was diagnosed with stage two stomach cancer.

Grimes said she stayed by his side every step of the way, and after a few years went by, the couple realized they couldn't live without each other.

"What brought me back was that we know each other," said Grimes. "He loves going dancing, I love going dancing, we have so much in common."

Dudley beat the cancer and the two got engaged last March.

In November, Dudley found out the cancer had returned, and a tumor had been growing and it was attached to his large intestine. He now has stage four stomach cancer.

He will be undergoing chemotherapy until July, forcing the couple to postpone their wedding.

It has been almost two months since the search began for a special couple to receive a free wedding. A friend of Grimes signed the two up to receive the giveaway from the Fairy Godmother's Foundation.

The foundation interviewed nearly a dozen couples, and ended up choosing Grimes and Dudley.

"We knew it was something very special, I wasn't expecting it," said Colleen Bauer, founder of the Fairy Godmother Foundation.

Grimes says no matter what happens, she looks forward to the day she says 'I do' and is able to marry the love of her life.

"Even if it's five years, whatever it is, I'll take it, because I'd rather love someone with all my heart for five years than not have loved that person at all," said Grimes.

The wedding is planned for October 24, 2014. The Fairy Godmother Foundation is looking for volunteers to help out on the big day.


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