'I want to marry my fiancee before I die'
HAYDN Kelly is only 20 and he has been told he has fewer than five years to live.
But this young man, who is battling a brain tumour, is vowing to marry his girlfriend before he dies.
He had his first seizure in April, followed by five more in May.
"One morning I went out fishing with friends and had a fit on the boat. I nearly drowned," Haydn said.
Doctors had informed him during his first seizure he had stopped breathing.
He had five more seizures in a few months.
"It was scary. Some seizures you black out, some you're still there.
"Once I was sitting at the dining room table eating dinner and playing Monopoly with (girlfriend) Sophie, and I started to have a little fit, which turned into a massive one.
"I went stiff. I was frothing at the mouth and I stopped breathing. They (doctors) said I had epilepsy.
"But I refused to take the medication until they could prove to me that I had it."
An MRI scan confirmed it wasn't epilepsy, but Haydn had a brain tumour.
He was diagnosed with Anaplastic Astrocytma in September.
Now he undergoes regular chemotherapy and radiation at the Rockhampton Hospital.
And he only has one wish before he dies. He wants to marry his best friend and fiancee, Sophie Dallinger.
Having her by his side every day has given the 20-year-old a world of strength.
They pair lived together in Townsville as friends, and their relationship grew quickly.
"From the first day we started seeing each other we've always known there was a spot in the heart for each other," Sophie said.
"It was just meant to be."
Haydn proposed on December 6 when the pair was living in Townsville, then they moved to Mt Larcom to be closer to his family.
For the past five-years he had run charter fishing boats out of Gladstone and up the Queensland coast to Townsville.
Sophie said her dream wedding would just be for the groom to be standing at the end of the aisle.
"I'm just excited for the big wedding day and to spend the rest of our lives together," she said.
Hadyn's mum Lisa has lived in the Gladstone region for five years with her husband.
She said the response from the community, as they heard about the young couple's wish, had been completely unexpected.
"There's so many people out there with horrible things that have happened to their kids, and you don't expect people to say, 'We have a spare bit of money or this or that at home'," she said.
"It's been really lovely. They don't want anything extravagant.
"They're both country kids. But I want them to have their fairytale wedding."