Daniel said: “Dawn wanted to get married before she started gruelling rounds of chemotherapy, so she could keep her hair and some colour in her cheeks. It was a perfect day – I am so thankful I was able to fulfil Dawn’s last wish of becoming my wife.”
She passed away four months later.
Daniel added: “I came home one day and found a letter for a routine smear test. It was too little too late.”
Her family are now petitioning for a change in the law that would mean women under the age of 25 can have routine smear tests.
Dawn’s family are also fundraising for St Wilfred’s Hospice due to the fantastic care she received. You can visit their JustGiving page here.
Medical student David Carroll has got in touch to point out some research suggests that “cervical screening in women aged 20-24 has little or no impact on rates of invasive cervical cancer up to age 30.” Public Health England believes women with symptoms of cervical cancer are better served by diagnostic tests.