MONTREAL – Heidi Moore thought she was in Montreal for a two-day get-away to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
Little did she know that her boyfriend, Rodney Comer, had been scheming behind her back for months, dreaming up the perfect marriage proposal.
The Newmarket, Ont. couple have known each other since high school but only started dating two years ago.
In 2010, Moore was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 24. She endured numerous surgeries and chemotherapy and was told she had beaten it.
But four years later, a routine MRI revealed a 10-centimeter long tumour on her liver. Moore’s cancer has since spread to her lungs.
Chemotherapy has not helped and the couple is exploring other treatment options, including expensive experimental treatments in the U.S.
Despite all she’s been through, Comer said Moore is the bravest person he knows.
In a post from a crowdfunding site, Comer described Moore as a someone who is “extremely selfless and giving, never missing an opportunity to help anyone in need. Even though she is going through so much, she’s always looking at the positive side of things.”
He added, that Moore is the most-loving and dedicated mother to her seven-year-old daughter Avery.
It’s little wonder then, why Comer would want to marry her.
With the help from a friendly and resourceful concierge at the Saint-Sulpice Hotel in Old Montreal, Comer pulled off the magical proposal he was striving for.
On New Year’s Day, with Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica as a backdrop, Comer got down on one knee and asked Moore, his best friend, to marry him.
Curious bystanders gathered around the couple, as Moore said yes.
As they look forward to 2016, and the next chapter of their life together, the couple is hoping for a fairy-tale ending to their story.