Rockford couple marries after 19 years together

Published: Jul. 8, 2016 at 12:14 AM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) — A Rockford woman gets one of her last wishes granted, to marry her boyfriend of 19 years, after receiving a very grim prognosis.

Billie and Gary Hackbert are now officially husband and wife.

Billie was diagnosed with cancer and is not expected to survive. She says she wanted to marry the love of her life before life changes.

Billie and Gary said their vows today thanks to friends from Heartland Hospice and Alden Debes who threw them a Disney themed wedding.

“Nineteen years with one man is a long time and I love him with all my heart”, said Billie Hackbert. “He’s just the most caring, kind, wonderful person.”

Hackbert’s nurse did her hair for the ceremony. After their Disney themed wedding, the couple now hopes to go to Disney World for their honeymoon.