Cancer-Surviving Couple Celebrate 47 Years Of Marriage With Photoshoot

Get the Kleenex at the ready because this heart-warming story is guaranteed to bring a tear to your eye.

A couple who have been through, and are going through, some of the toughest times imaginable, celebrated 47 years of loving marriage with a photoshoot.

Wanda and Marvin Brewington from Raleigh, North Carolina, are college sweethearts and have been happily married since 1970.

Credit: Amber Robinson/Raleigh Wedding Photographer

However, when posting the photos to her Instagram account, daughter Amber explained that it has been far from plain sailing for the elderly couple.

At 70-years-old, Marvin is a two-time prostate and colon cancer survivor, and is currently suffering from MS.

Wife Wanda, 67, has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, but the pair have remained by each other's sides through it all.

Credit: Amber Robinson/Raleigh Wedding Photographer

Amber, who is a wedding photographer, took the photographs of her parents and after posting one of them to Instagram, the couple's story quickly went viral.

In a heartfelt caption to accompany the photo, Amber wrote: "'I never dreamed of my wedding... only dreamed of a beautiful marriage.

"In this wonderful creative industry that I work in, I focus so much on providing couple hours with a day of beautiful photography.

"To be honest, rarely do I stop to think about the day, weeks, months or years that follow a wedding day.

"So today I share with you what those years after can look like when true love exists. These are my parents: married for 47 years, they have triumphed over cancer...twice. Have raised two successful daughters. They have been poor together and rich together. They have fed, sheltered, and advised countless lost souls.

"They love without expectation and give freely, whatever it is they have to offer.

"I am SO proud to call them Mom and Dad. They are the epitome of where I strive to be in my own marriage and a constant reminder that a wedding is only a day, but a marriage is forever.

"If you are one of the millions in love, or maybe one of the millions of broken-hearted that need a visual reminder that love always endures, I would love for you to share this as a way of letting my mom and dad know, they are an inspiration to anyone who wants, believes, or is in love."

Credit: Amber Robinson/Raleigh Wedding Photographer

So far, the post has over 8,000 likes and thousands of people have been commenting to say how touched they were by the photo and accompanying post.

"Loved the story and love the pictures!" said one user. "Such an incredible and inspiring couple. Thanks for sharing!"

Another added: "Your parents are glowing in those photos! What a love story! Your words were so inspiring and a good reminder. Thank you."

Speaking to the Daily Mail, the couple said: "We made a vow on our wedding day, through sickness and health and have always been determined that we can and will overcome anything.

"On the days that one of us is down, the other one picks us up."

Featured Image Credit: Amber Robinson/Raleigh Wedding Photographer

Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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