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Wedding dream comes true for terminally ill veteran

Dreams for Veterans | In the News | March 6, 2017

When Jill Hill’s boss laughed at her plans to join the Marines, she enlisted. When her doctors said she had just six months to live, she pushed it to 14 months . . . and counting.

And when there were concerns that she might not make her dream wedding on Maui, Hill resolved to be here.

On Friday, the 56-year-old Hill married her fiance, Richard, on Baby Beach in Lahaina, thanks to an organization that fulfills the final dreams of terminally ill adults.

“I had no idea they would go to this extravagance,” said Hill, who has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. “I can’t express enough thanks. . . . It’s been wonderful. Absolutely wonderful.”

Hill’s wish became reality through the California-based Dream Foundation, “the only national dream-granting organization for terminally ill adults.” The nonprofit has fulfilled more than 25,000 final dreams over the past two decades.