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Honeymoon tops Michigan cancer patient's bucket list

Fund set up to help Tracy Norton, husband travel

WARREN, Mich. – We first met Tracy Norton in November 2012.

On that day, she was marrying the love of her life, Maurice, in a hospital chapel. She still remembers it like it was yesterday.

"I was so overwhelmed with emotions," Norton said. "I was just diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, I was so happy I was marrying the man of my dreams."

Back then, Norton was given four months to live, but through treatment she overcame the cancer and was in remission for a year.

"When I was first diagnosed, they told me I wouldn't see my son graduate from high school," she said. "That was two years ago. I watched him graduate and go on to college."

This time around, she's hoping she still has some fight left. The cancer has returned. Again, doctors have given her just four months to live.

"I don't stand by that," she said. "I stand by God's word."

"The doctors told her to get a bucket list together of what she wants to do," said Tracy's husband, Maurice Fergerson.

On the top of Tracy's list: To finally go on a honeymoon with her husband. Her chemo treatments and their financial responsibilities have prevented them from traveling these past two years. But now, they feel, is the time to go.

"I just want to go to one of the (Hawaiian) islands, or really any island will do," Norton said. "I just want to put my toes in the sand and enjoy myself and forget about the cancer."

They've set up a GoFundMe page to help with the costs.